Just standing and watching?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Does standing and watching seems to be the national pastime of many Christians these days? It seems that we want things to change but are always telling ourselves that we aren’t the ones to initiate the changes? Yet, isn’t true faith really all about change?

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

“I just can’t believe that anyone could be so discourteous.” I heard my coworker say as I walked by her open office door. “All I asked them to do was to send me a fax. But instead they told me that I had to drive for a half and hour to pick-up something they could have faxed in a minute!” I stopped to find out what had gone wrong. It seems that a local government agency had a rule. The rule stipulated that the form had to be picked up in person because the requester was required to pay a 6¢ fee for the service. “How is that fair or even right?” she asked me. I agreed and then I asked her what she was going to do about it. “Well, nothing!” she said. “What difference would it make?”

When it comes to your faith, are you in the battle to make a difference or just complain about the bad guys?

Here’s a story: The brown sedan began its merge onto the freeway from the on-ramp. The merge was slow and careful; just the kind of merge that makes most freeway drivers cringe. The elderly lady at the wheel wanted to make sure that she wasn’t going too fast. It wasn’t long before the inevitable occurred. The sedan was rear-ended by another car just a mile or so up the freeway and the two cars came to a stop blocking both lanes. As the traffic came to a stop, someone called 911 and a few drivers ventured out to see if the drivers were all right. Suddenly, one young man got out of his car and ran over to the elderly woman’s car. He began tugging and pulling at the crunched fender. While the others watched, he slowly pulled the crumpled metal away from the tire. “Help me push her!” he shouted. “Standing and watching won’t clear the road!” (This Passing Day.com)

Standing and watching seems to be the national pastime of many Christians these days. We want things to change but are always telling ourselves that we aren’t the ones to initiate the changes. Yet, true faith is really all about change, a change of heart on the inside demonstrated by a change of life on the outside. One motivates the other. It’s not enough to follow Jesus in your heart alone. You and I need to show we belong to Jesus by the way we live our lives outwardly. True faith always results in action. Standing and watching is never an option for a people blessed by God.

We pray. Dear Lord, all too often we find ourselves faced with change but don’t have the courage to be the one who makes changed happen. We see something wrong but never go beyond just expressing our feelings about it. Forgive us Lord when you have given each one of us the tools tools to effect changes, but we are most often afraid of being singled out as the person to do or make the change. Help us Lord to show the courage it takes to be a Christian not only capable of confronting change but being the agent needed to make the change. 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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