Friday, July 10, 2009

What's that up ahead?

"The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn."

Do you remember when you came to a crossroads in your life where you clearly had to choose between two (or more) somethings that would shape your life?  Maybe it was something positive like becoming a Christian.  Maybe it was leaving a really negative friend?  Maybe it was a career path choice?  There is something comforting about being able to have the choice… the power to have some influence over the direction your history is headed.


(DISCLAIMER: To my Calvinist brethren, that's not a theological statement. I am fully aware that Jesus is taking history where He pleases.  That, however, does not remove human responsibility from the equation… hence the Conditional Covenants.)


But what do you do when the path you are on, the one you KNOW you are supposed to be on, takes a turn that you didn't see coming?  What do you do?  Really, there are only a handful of options:

1.     Turn around and head back the way you came.

2.     Stay put and make no more progress.

3.     Press on and take what comes because you KNOW you are on the right road.


Often times we come to these bends in the road and want to retreat.  Let me tell you something… you will be limited by the bends in the road and not the road you are on if you choose option one.  
The same goes for the second option.  Stagnation may be ok for some, but we should be growing everyday.  A day that has not produced growth, even slight, is a day that could have been better lived.


Option three is the scariest.  It is the one that shows our character.  Option three is the one that separates those who desire what God wants for them and those who are content with being less than what Jesus has called them to.


Jesus never said life would be easy… just rewarding.


"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10

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