today's reading: Matthew 15:1-28
"These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;their teachings are but rules taught by men."
Traditions can be wonderful, can't they? Just think of all the warm memories we make at the holidays that are born of time honored family tradition.
Celebrating those special days such as birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and Easter in the way of our family traditions gives us a feeling of contentment and security.
But just as easily as traditions can bring rich blessing to our lives, they can also entangle us with unnecessary rituals and trap us with feelings of stress and condemnation.
With our worship, and following Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we need to be sure that we are truly following HIM and not rules made by men.
"Church Tradition" is not to be our goal... but rather, loving the Lord with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind. Matthew 22:37
Now that is a tradition to keep FOREVER!