Hardened?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Has your life turned out the way you had planned? Or, do you look in the rear view mirror at past events that leave you with regret? For many of us the answer would probably be “No!” Is it fair to say that, for many, life in the rear-view mirror may be a life of regret?

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

Has your life turned out the way you had planned? For many of us the answer would probably be “No!” For many, life in the rear-view mirror may be a life of regret.

My dad always said that a man’s life is reflected in the cars he’s owned. You can pretty much gauge how life is going by reflecting back on the cars you’ve driven; especially true if you always purchased used cars like my dad did. “There was that old but trusty Studebaker we owned,” he would say, “When we were married.” “When I bought it I didn’t know much about cars. Luckily, it ran pretty good.” Or, “Remember that Nash? It aimed for snowdrifts and it had the thirstiest radiator I ever knew!” When kids came along and the family began to grow you just didn’t know what new surprise was waiting for us just around the bend. Life became pretty unpredictable.” Just when you thought you had it figured out, things changed and life’s path took another direction.

Here’s a story: A man was driving down a bumpy country road when he saw a bag of cement beside the road. It appeared to have fallen off a truck as it hit one of the bumps in the road. Being a person who does not like to see any- thing wasted, he stopped to pick up the lost bag. When he reached down to pick it up, to his surprise, he discovered it was not soft and limber, as he had expected but had solidified into an immovable piece of cement. (Source Unknown)

Often our lives are like that bag of cement. They take on shapes that were not intended and become hardened in that shape. That bag of cement was meant to become a part of some beautiful structure but, because it didn’t reach its place of service, it became a useless rock in the form of a bag of cement. Our spiritual life is like that as well. There’s always the potential to draw closer to Christ. It’s just a matter of making the right choices when the Holy Spirit knocks. Answering the door can mean the difference between heaven and hell. Unlike those used cars my dad always bought, there’s a lot less risk saying “Yes!” to God than to the used car salesman with a great deal.

We pray. Dear Father, as we grow in years and our perspective changes to one that often looks back over a life that was which could-of been, we can easily become filled with doubts and regret. The “whys” and the “how comes” become a part of our daily thinking. We become aware that life could have been this way or that way, but instead it become what it is? Lord, when we begin to feel that life isn’t what we’d like it to be or how it could-of or should-of become we tend to allow our feelings to become hardened by regret. The softness of who we are can easily become the hardness of a person who lives in the past, hardened by the things that were and can’t be again. We know Lord that You never intended for us to live that way. Forgive us Father when we become hardened by regret and help us to live as softly as we can in the present day that You have given us in You divine and gracious wisdom and love. 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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