Would it seem that we live in a society where the of spirit of courage is rare? Could it be that we are raising a generation of squashes among our youth rather than oaks? Perhaps the secret to success is successful people make a habit of doing things failures don’t like to do?

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

Years ago we acquired a small dog named Annie. In many ways she is an average dog, of average weight and stature-- complete with the usual dogie faults. Yet, there is one thing about Annie that sets her apart. Where other dogs are fearful, she is undaunted.

This past week I received an alarming phone call at the office. “You need to come home right away. Anni has gotten her- self trapped underneath the garden shed and she is mixing up with a momma raccoon!” My wife’s frantic words sent me packing. I knew that Annie would stand her ground. But a full-size raccoon with cubs was pushing it. In the end I was able to raise the shed just enough to allow Annie’s escape. But she wouldn’t come out until that raccoon was evicted. Ultimately, the predator came shooting out first, flustered and followed by cubs. It was then and only then that Annie came crawling out from under. There would be no compromise on her part.

But, what about you and I? Does God want us to display that same no-compromise spirit? When future president James Garfield was principal of Hiram College in Ohio, a father asked him if the course of study could be simplified so that his son might be able to go through by a shorter route. “Certainly,” Garfield replied. “But it all depends on what you want to make of your boy. When God wants to make an oak tree, He takes a hundred years. When He wants to make a squash he requires only two months.” (Angus J. MacQueen.)

Dogs like Annie are rare. Unfortunately, it would seem that we live in a society where that sort of spirit is rare as well. Could it be that we are raising a generation of squashes rather than oaks? The secret to success is successful people make a habit of doing things failures don’t like to do. Like Annie, God expects us to be tenacious, willing to put a whole effort into our tasks; even those that have risk or might be distasteful. The Bible tells us to be like trees that “cannot be uproot- ed”. I would also like to think that He would find Annie’s example one to cite as well.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)

We pray. Lord, life is full of challenges facing us every day. Some, many are small and we easily overcome them. Others appear gigantic, even intimidating. We look at these and develop all kinds of excuses not to tackle them. We even rationalize that You wouldn’t expect us to do them any way. That’s when our conscience kicks in, fueled by Your Holy Spirit, and we are shamed into admitting that we didn’t even ask You for help in the first place because we were afraid that You would be willing to help us no matter the challenge. Forgive us Father when we put fear before courage, and rationalization before prayerful consideration. You have designed us to be mighty oaks, able to tackle even the most intimidating obstacles with Your guidance. When we seek the squash patch, we pray You will point us to the tree tops. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

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