Forward?

May 10, 2019

 

 My friend, may I ask you a question? When the daunting tasks of life face us, is it often better to choose forging ahead as opposed to dwelling on yesterday's threats or challenges? Will God give us time to think and time to act in this life especially when it comes to our willingness to seek Him?

 

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

When it comes to smart choices, sometimes waiting things out, gives them time to settle. Deciding is: knowing when the waiting needs to end and the starting begins. A number of years ago I had the task of building a banister for the stairway going down into our basement recreation room. Now banisters, complete with railing, insets and base plates, have a lot of angles and cuts to consider. Simply, the geometry and precision required of building that banister far outweighed the simple measuring and cutting most carpentry tasks around here at Beech Springs. This banister would not be just a simple rail affair. Rather, it would have to fill the space between steps and ceiling so as to prevent little grandkids from falling over the side of the stairway. I spent the first several days simply staring at the empty stair space and scribbling little drawings on a pad of paper. The planning was necessary. But, the more planning I put into it, the more the task seemed to grow. Finally, I knew that I had to leave the pad of paper behind and begin making some honest sawing, gluing and fitting. As daunting as the task seemed, I knew deep down that planning had to give way to construction. 

 

Here's a story: "A man, who had trouble with his eyes went to see his doctor. After a thorough examination the doctor told the man that he was losing his eyesight and that eventually he would go completely blind. The doctor advised that the man have an operation to restore his eyesight. With resignation the man agreed and the operation was done. When the man awoke from the operation he was amazed that his sight was nearly perfect. He could see well even without glasses. Unfortunately it soon became apparent that, although his eyesight was restored, now his memory had been affected. He couldn’t remember anything from his past at all. So the doctor operated again. This time his memory improved to where it had been but his eyesight once again regressed to being quite poor. Finally, perplexed, the doctor asked the man, "What do you choose–your memory or your eyesight?" After a moment of deep thought, the man replied, "I choose eyesight. I'd rather look ahead than to the past anyway." (Complete Speakers Sourcebook.) 

 

Planning is an integral part of the decision process. To make good choices we need to be able to put the proper amount of and type of planning into it. Nevertheless, when the daunting tasks of life face us, it's often better to choose forging ahead as opposed to dwelling on yesterday's threats or challenges. God gives us time to think and time to act in this life especially when it comes to our willingness to seek Him. Sometimes it’s best to greet tomorrow with a smile, hammer and saw in hand, and a willingness to get the work done. Choose to do the work rather than worry about the labor. 

 

We pray. Lord, life is full of choices. We often have the option of looking back or looking forward. Lord, the past is forgotten and you’ve got our backs. We live in repentance and forgiveness, so the past should never be a burden for us. Help us Lord to look to the future as we live in the day, to a time when your blessings, once again, will be evident with each passing moment. Help us as well Lord to be optimists, not pessimists about what waits for us around the corners of life. May we always be forward in our thinking and comfortable in the blessed moments of life each day. In Jesus Name. 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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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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