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I home school my two mini-mortals. We had a lesson on the states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. I pointed out to my oldest mini-mortal that water could be all three, but some matter can only exist in one or two states. Chocolate, for instance, can only exist as a solid or liquid, not as a gas. We proceeded to have a wonderful, hands-on lesson on the different states of chocolate matter. (Don't you wish I was YOUR science teacher?) We had a grand time melting the blocks of chocolate and dipping oranges, nuts, or whatever struck our fancy in the lovely, yummy, brown liquid. We shredded part of a 2 lb. block of Ghirardelli chocolate into shavings to make it easier to melt, but a few of the shavings landed on the counter instead of the bowl. We finished the lesson, but I hadn't finished cleaning up all the chocolate shards from the counter before I got sidetracked.
My 2 indoor house plants looked pathetic, so I took them to the kitchen to water them (Plants aren't my forte, but at least these two have a fighting chance since I see them on a regular basis). A few pieces of potting soil (aka dirt) landed on the counter top during the watering. As I came back to clean up the counter from both dirt and chocolate, "[I] got an idea. An awful idea. [I] got a wonderful, awful idea!" (Can you name the cartoon this came from?) As I stared at the mingled chocolate shavings and dirt, I laughed inside at the thought of my Marvelous Matthew coming home soon, thinking that ALL the brown stuff on the counter was chocolate, and him trying to help "clean up" by scooping up a few bits into his mouth. He'd end up getting a few pieces of dirt flavored chocolate in his mouth. Bwahahahaha! Then, I promptly cleaned it all up so that wouldn't happen because even I'm not that mean to deceive him like that! :)
Proverbs 11:18 says, "The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward." Deceit is one of Satan's favorite tools. He makes things look fun and sweet when in reality they are dirt, things that will make you spiritually sick. The Lord wants us to lift each other and bring ourselves to Him because He loves all of us. He asks us to bring true sweetness that will give eternal joy everyone, not something that looks good but leave a bitter taste in our mouths. His love brings happiness to all.