My friend, may I ask you a question? Where does your heart lie? In truth, if the heart is filled with “evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander,” therein, perhaps, lies a heart that changes nothing in a life? Is changing outward appearances of little use when the heart is not changed as well?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Camping has really changed over the years. There was a time when camping meant really changing the pattern of your life. You really had to plan for trips like this. Home was, in many senses, abandoned completely for a period of time. If you were fortunate enough to have an air mattress that didn’t leak your comforts were improved. By and large, however, sleeping while camping was seldom as comfortable as sleeping at home. It was an adventure! That is what we told ourselves. The change would be welcome, bracing and good for body and mind. Camping meant not only eating food that was different than the food that you ate at home, but it was usually prepared in a different manner as well. Instead of a bowl of cereal with milk, a piece of toast and a glass of juice, campers were usually comfortable with whatever could be scraped together in the cool, damp morning and warmed up on a griddle over an open fire. Things were just different when you camped because camping meant forgoing many if not all of the amenities of life. It was a change that helped us to better appreciate our homes when once we returned to them.
People who camped were people who were content with changing things in order to discover the rewards of finding the good that always waits for those willing to be transported beyond the ordinary, beyond the comfortable to a place of newness that can only be realized by change. That is, until the invention of the motor home. Camping has been transformed into something far different than it once was. Your bed away can be as comfortable as that at home. We vacation to “get a change of pace,” but never really experience much of a change at all. We simply drive away taking all the comforts of home with us only to plant them somewhere else. Nothing is really changed in our lives, only the location.
This sort of external change, changing the wrapping, so to speak, seems like a change on the outside. Yet, when we drag along all the baggage of our lives under the cover of a new wrapping, nothing important has really changed at all. We have simply picked up and moved to another location with our “stuff.” Life is like that, isn’t it? We make changes on the “outside” of our lives and try to tell ourselves that things are changed. We tell ourselves to stop being impolite and discourteous to someone we really despise. So we smile at them and say something nice. See, we’ve changed! Yet, because the same dark and brooding thoughts of jealousy and hatred still dwell within our hearts, we’ve done nothing more than taken the comforts of an evil heart and stowed them away in a different vehicle. Comforts are the same, only the vehicle has changed.
Where does your heart lie? In truth, if the heart is filled with “evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander,” therein lies a heart that changes nothing in a life. Changing outward appearances is of little use when the heart is not changed as well. Ready to make a change in your life? Think about not taking all the comforts of “home” along with you on the trip. Sin can be very comforting, especially when it makes us feel secure in own self-interests. To make a real change may require “roughing it” and putting all the comforts of sin behind us for good.
We pray. Heavenly Father, change our hearts as well as our minds and our bodies O Lord. It is within the heart that real change must take place in our lives. May we never overlook the need to dig down deep to discover the source of evil in our lives. 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.
If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to ”This Passing Day!”
<firstname.lastname@example.org> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.