Always let your conscience be your guide

My kids were watching the old Disney movie “Pinocchio” the other night.  I was doing some writing, but watching along with them, and this was the first time I’d ever thought about this familiar little song:

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle!
When you meet temptation and the urge is very strong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle!

Not just a little squeak, pucker up and blow
And if your whistle’s weak, yell, “Jiminy Cricket!”

Take the straight and narrow path
And if you start to slide
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle!
And always let your conscience be your guide.

Now, if you understand human nature at all, you can attest to the fact that man has a concept of right and wrong, and that must have come from somewhere.  Since we know from scripture (and experience!) that our hearts are deceitful (Jer. 17:9) , then this right/wrong awareness must come from an exterior source.  That source is God.

Here’s what impressed me about this song, though.  How many times, when you met temptation and the urge was very strong…did you reason with yourself instead?  Justify.  Excuse.  Fudge on the facts to make your sin seem more acceptable, or at least understandable?  How many times has your knee-jerk reaction actually been to “yell” when your whistle has been weak?  I am not trying to be silly.  We need to recognize sin as heinous and ourselves as helpless, and, in absolute desperation, cry out for help.

Have you ever been prostrate before the Lord like this?  I have.  I need it to become a habit.


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