What did Jesus Say? – Matthew 4:19

In the 1990s “What would Jesus do” and WWJD became a fad in local youth groups. The phrase sounded right-on, because following Jesus’ example makes sense. After all, he is the Son of God. He lived and died in obedience to the Father. But there’s a problem.

Something about it has bothered me for a long time, so this morning I did some research.


Sure enough, “What would Jesus do” was used to promote a social gospel, one that focuses on doing good works. The problem I have with it is that Jesus didn’t tell us to build our lives on doing good works. He told us to follow him. The phrase is speculation, suggesting we guess what Jesus would do instead of listening to him and doing what he says.

“And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men'” Matthew 4:19 ESV.

I’ve never wanted to just follow ideas, fads, or religious practices. It all may be good stuff, but the driving force for me is staying close to Jesus by continually reading and seeking to understand his words.

I know that’s what Jesus wants me to do.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

No Pumpkin Pie and Blog Post Draft 2 – Genesis 8:22

Imagine that I promised to bring you a slice of warm pumpkin pie, fresh from the oven. It’s your favorite dessert so I tell you I’ll even add a dollop of ice cream on the side. While I’m in the kitchen you smell the spices and anticipate their flavors on your tongue, but when I bring you a plate there’s no pie on it. Instead, there’s only a pile of dry pumpkin seeds.


That’s what I served up to my readers last night. I published this week’s blog post before it was ready, just a few lines to remind me of what I planned to put together in the morning. Then I published it by mistake, a few dry seeds that didn’t deliver what I’d promised.

It wasn’t fun

I started the post on my cell phone, then pushed the PUBLISH button instead of the SAVE DRAFT button. See Blog Post Draft 1. I could try to correct my mistake by deleting it from my website, but I can’t take back the emails that went out to my subscribers. The only answer is to leave it as an illustration for today’s post.

God made seeds to grow

Last year I had a “come get a free pumpkin” postcard from a local farm.  I liked the idea of free pies so I cut it open, throwing the skin and seeds into the garden for compost. I gave one of the pies away and enjoyed the other with my husband.

This summer I found a volunteer pumpkin plant spreading its arms toward the raspberry vines. I hadn’t planned on that, and I certainly didn’t intentionally plant the seed, but I now have a new pumpkin to process into pies.

Great things come from little things

I think it’s remarkable that God made the earth to be fruitful. There’s always a season of growth, new life popping up. He promised that would be true as long as the earth remains.

We shouldn’t be discouraged or embarrassed by our dry little seeds, like the draft I accidentally published. The inconsequential things may grow into something of great value like an ingredient for a delicious pie or writing that encourages the heart.

“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” (Genesis 8:22 NIV).

My Mom brought me another free pumpkin postcard this week. I’ll toss the innards in the garden again this year and watch what happens.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

Blog Post Draft 1

A postcard with an offer for a free pumpkin up to ten pounds. Cooked the pumpkin and made pies, threw the seeds and guts into the garden . I had a couple plants bot only one pumpkin.

Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

Day and night, seedtime and harvest, as long as the earth remains.

Time to harvest the pumpkin and make pies for my mother-in-law’s birthday dinner.

Mom brought me a pumpkin postcard this week.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

NOTE: This post is completed and explained here.