My friend, may I ask you a question? Can Bible reading, and worship, our connection to God, becomes blunt, and our faith useless in times of trial? In midst of our busy lives, do we need to take time to be with God, to focus on Christ, and to be re-sharpened by the Holy Spirit?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m M. Clifford Brunner?
As a hiker, I’ve traveled many backwoods trails. One thing I’ve learned is, when you’re on a marked trail, stay on it. I usually follow that advice; but there are the exceptions. A while back my son and I were backpacking. The trail was marked with splotches of blue paint on trees along the way. After we were about a mile in, it forked. One fork showed a faintly marked tree about twenty yards ahead and the other trail seemed more worn and worked-in but lacked a mark. I thought for a moment and decided to take the more well-worn path. That was a mistake. It turned out to be a game trail that led to a spring and dead-ended. Sometimes the temptation to take the easier path is a poor choice, as I found out.
It’s always tempting to take the easier path, the one without obstacles. But, for a Christian, is this the best course to take?
Here’s a story: There’s an old story told about two woodcutters who were in a forest. They were being paid commission for every log that they chopped. One of the woodcutters spent all day chopping logs, without taking a break. He sup- posed that if he continued working, he would be able get more logs done than his rival. The second woodcutter took a break every hour for five minutes. At the end of the day, he had taken ten breaks. The first woodcutter believed that he had outpaced his rival, but when it came to tallying the amount of logs that were actually chopped, the second woodcutter had the largest pile and earned more commission. “How did you do that?” Asked the first woodcutter. “How did you manage to chop more logs than me, with all those breaks?” “Each time, I took a break,” answered the second woodcutter, “I sharpened my axe. It meant I could chop more logs than you in the latter part of the day.” (Author unknown)
The same applies to what we do with our spirituality. If we’re not taking time to sharpen our souls, taking the path well- marked but not always well-worn, with prayer, Bible reading, and worship, then our connection to God becomes blunt, and our faith useless in times of trial. In midst of our busy lives, we need to take time to be with God, to focus on Christ, and to be re-sharpened by the Holy Spirit. In doing so, we’ll discover a new strength and spiritual stamina, enabling us to overcome the obstacles we face every today. In the end, a path without obstacles is probably one not worth taking.
We pray. Heavenly Father. Help us to be sharpened spirituality. Lord, forgive us If we’re not taking time to sharpen our souls, taking the path well-marked but not always well-worn, with prayer, Bible reading, and worship. We regret that our connection to You has often become blunted, and our faith useless in times of trial throughout our lives. Lord, in midst of our busy lives, we need to take time to be with You, to focus on You Son, Jesus Christ, and to be re-sharpened by Your Holy Spirit. If we do Lord, we’ll discover a new strength and spiritual stamina, enabling us to overcome the obstacles we face every today. In the end we know that, a path without obstacles is probably one not worth taking. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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