My friend, may I ask you a question? If God must choose between a sharpened spade and one that has become dull, relative to how He might use you or me to do some important spiritual work for the Kingdom that must be done, which of the two do you think He would take?

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

A number of years ago my wife and I decided to do some landscaping work in the side yard. It involved stripping some sod and weeds away from a fencerow and around a garden enclosure, as well as digging out the soil for a few inches and then filling the shallow trenches with decorative mulch. After gathering the tools that I would need and tossing them into the garden trailer behind the tractor, we headed off to work. Stripping the sod would take some effort, but with a good sharp spade and some moist soil beneath, I knew it could be done. That was a good plan, but it didn’t take long for me to lose that hope, however. The second the spade hit the earth and I began to push against the sod I knew I was in trouble. There was little give to the soil underneath at all. The reason was pretty simple as I lifted the spade up and viewed the digging edge more closely. The spade’s edge was pitted and blunted with years of use. The edge had never been sharpened, and it couldn’t do the work. In a moment I knew I would never move sod with THAT spade. It was discarded for a new one very quickly.

How it is with our own lives. In times of peace and prosperity our moral senses can become dulled, barely able to do the work God has put them in place to do. We seem content to wait and remain on the sidelines, contented for the moment, not willing to be sharpened by getting involved.

The following inscription was found inscribed on an old monastery wall: “I wish that I could encourage all men to long passionately after God. Because so many have refused to want God so, they have fallen into a state of complacency. I long to inspire them from their stiff and wooden worship. Yet they are content to wait–a sort of holy waiting. How can I tell them that Christ waits to be wanted and it is not theirs’ to wait for Him? How sad it is that Christ waits so long for many, so very long, so very long in vain.” (Source Unknown.)

If God must choose between a sharpened spade and one that has become dull, which of the two do you think He will take? If there’s work to do, I feel confident that God will choose the sharpened spade, the Christian that isn’t content to wait around, hoping that if the wait is long enough, the work will be accomplished by someone else. Each of us needs to stay spiritually sharp, ready and willing to feel the grip of our God upon our shoulders when there is work to do. There is only one way I know to do that; sitting down with my Bible daily and reading God’s instructions for honing my life spiritually. Holy waiting? Not when there is holy work to be done!

We pray. Heavenly Father. We can get so preoccupied with our own urgencies and with seeking solutions and remedies from Your hand. Our daily needs can sometimes overwhelm us. Help us to change our focus. Help us to seek Your face and to look to You for strength to walk where we need to walk. Help us to seek to know You better. Give us a thankful heart for the blessings we have received from Your hand. Give us a heart filled with praise for what we see in Your face; Your trustworthiness, Your peace, Your joy, Your strength, Your grace and Your loving kindness. Teach us to look to Your face first, to always seek You… before we simply seek things from You. Thank you for Your loving patience with us. 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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