My friend, may I ask you a question? What direction is your life headed in today? Can you see clearly down the road, or does the future seem unclear at times as you struggle to find meaning in the path you’ve taken?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Sometimes a simple solution to what seems like a simple problem doesn’t always work out the way we had planned it? Often we find ourselves walking down a path that seemed good but really doesn't lead anywhere worthwhile. Take the time years ago when I decided to install a slide lock on our woodshed. The shed needed a locking mechanism to keep the door shut in heavy weather. I spent hours installing a slide lock I had carefully shopped for. After I drilled the appropriate holes, I sturdily mounted the hardware and then slid the lock shut. A week later I open the shed and noticed that the slide moved with great difficulty. In fact, you had to nearly pound it open with a mallet. I literally had to bang on it several times to get it loose. Later when I went to close the door again I discovered that the bolt and the slide chamber were misaligned by about 1/2". There was no way it was going to work without remounting the whole thing. It seems that the shed had settled some in the cold weather and the entire door jamb had moved.

As I had wasted my time on that installation, you and I are sometimes just as wasteful living our lives.

Here's a story. Early in his career, Thomas Edison invented a vote-recording machine for use in legislative chambers. By moving a switch to the right or left, an official could vote for or against a proposal without leaving his desk. The machine would replace the tedious business of marking ballots, counting them, etc. Elated with the prospects, Edison obtained a patent – his first – and headed for Washington. Eagerly he demonstrated his machine to the Chairman of Congressional Committees. Congress promptly turned it down. “Filibustering and delay in the tabulation of votes are often the only means we have for defeating bad or improper legislation.” he told Edison. The young inventor was stunned. The invention was good; he knew it and the chairman knew it. Still, it was’t wanted. Said Edison later: “There and then I made a vow that I would never again invent anything which was not wanted.” (Bits & Pieces, May 28, 1992, pp. 11-12.)

What direction is your life headed in today? Can you see clearly down the road you’re headed, or does the future seem unclear at times as you struggle to find meaning in the path you’ve taken? Are you wasting precious time trying to figure out where you're going? The great preacher John Wesley wrote: “I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field.” Could it be that the problem is you don't want the “whole” of anything really that valuable? Take a look at your life today and ask yourself this question: “Am I living a life that nobody wants?” If so, make today the day in this New Year, a time to reinvent yourself with a new purpose focused on making a difference in the lives of others whose lives by grace touch yours.

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for watching over us as we sometimes take a path that really doesn’t lead anywhere worthwhile for us. Forgive us when we fail to stop and think about what our life is all about and who we affect with our living it. Help us to be willing to stop and reflect frequently on how a worthwhile life is a life that touches others. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don’t let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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