Hi everyone, Happy new year! Hope 2015 is kicking off well for you. A friend of mine posted this story on Facebook and it made me laugh, so I thought I'd share it with you. A donkey was trained to understand biblical commands. "Amen" would cause the donkey to stop, while "hallelujah" would command the donkey to walk. One day, a rider forgot the commands as the donkey walked toward the edge of a cliff. In scrambling desperation, the rider prayed for safety and ended the prayer with "Amen," which brought the donkey to a standstill inches from the cliff. The rider was so excited that his life had been spared that he shouted, "Hallelujah!" The moral of the story? There is no official one, but it made me ask the question; "can we be too religious?" Sometimes I can be so focused on putting up a "good" appearance that I'll go to great lengths, such as training my donkey to obey religious commands, in an effort to look more pious. In the end, trying to look "spiritual" causes me to walk off a cliff because it's relying on my ability to behave like a good Chrisitian should and there's no way that can save me. The only thing I can do is to keep Jesus in focus. With Him truly in focus, I better reflect His character to those around me. I cannot fix my behaviors unless I fix my focus on Jesus and allow Him to change my heart. Even then, my behaviors will still not be perfect, but they will reflect Him better as step by step I grow closer to Him. What do you fake in your life? Perhaps it's time to get off that donkey.