My friend, may I ask you a question? Did God make Christians to be distinctly who we are? He did not mean us to become a part of a slow moving body of human sameness. Do you find yourself doing and being like everyone else around you?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m M. Clifford Brunner.
One thing about water, it always finds the easiest pathway to its destination. I watched it rain the other day and as the drops fell harder and faster, tiny, little waterways began to collect in our driveway. They wound around the drive in deli- cate finger-like patterns as they coursed toward the edge of the hill overlooking the No Name creek below. As I watched each little stream course over the hill, I was struck with the fact that what had been individual and interesting in the patterns they made in the driveway, had become dull and pattern-less as the water merged into the muddy creek. The easy but individual path above the creek was quickly translated into a nameless, meaningless path below.
Often what begins with an individual effort and purpose may often end in a meaningless, slow progression toward same- ness and the dull. It is easy to become complacent when the path becomes difficult, even tedious. Complacency is a blight that saps energy, dulls attitudes, and causes a drain on the brain. The first symptom is satisfaction with things as they are. The second is rejection of things as they might be. “Good enough” becomes today’s watchword and tomorrow’s standard. Complacency makes people fear the unknown, mistrust the untried, and abhor the new. Like water, complacent people follow the easiest course – downhill. They draw false strength from looking back. (Bits & Pieces, May 28, 1992, p. 15.)
Following the easy path can lead to immediate reward and satisfaction. However, the easy path usually translates into a false sense of reality. There is no identity or purpose in being thrown together with all the rest. Like those streams of water above the creek, God made the Christian to be distinctly who we are. He did not mean us to become a part of a slow moving body of human sameness. Do you find yourself doing and being like everyone else around you? If so, per- haps it’s time that you stop and take stock of who God meant you to be? Following the downhill course is easy. It’s get- ting back up the hill that’s so hard. There may be safety in numbers, but living apart from God and the distinctly Christian path He meant you and I to follow can only lead to a false sense of security and a slow ride to destruction.
"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. Heavenly Father, we often choose to Follow the easy path, the path that can lead to immediate reward and satisfaction. We know Lord, however, the easy path usually translates into a false sense of reality. There is no identity or purpose in being thrown together with all the rest. Like those streams of water above the creek, God made me to be distinctly who I am. He did not mean me to become a part of a slow moving body of human sameness. Forgive me Lord for allowing my life to rut out, become a type of sameness that is not a treasure to You or a benefit to me. Fill me with your Spirit Lord and give me the purpose of doing great things. 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.
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