“He watched where everyone else was going, and went the other way.”
“Half the miles on my truck are from turning around and going the other way.”
It’s all fun and games until we’re talking about eternity.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:1
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28 (ESV)
We get a choice. We get to choose which way we go.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Proverbs 9:8-10 (ESV)
I have chosen the scenic route for most of my life.
Yesterday I heard someone say “Give us the hard way and the easy way, and we’ll take the hard way every time.”
He was joking, but he certainly was making a good point.
And why not? The scenic route is also the most informative. (and challenging and difficult) but it is through that route that we learn what does and does not work, and how to go about life in a better way.
If we are a Jesus follower, it is during these times that we find out how strong we can be through Him, and just how close He walks with us if we choose to let Him.
My encouragement to you is this; when eternity is at stake, to choose wisely.
When the end is here, that choice is all that matters.
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 (ESV)
This post is more about what pushes us into and/or out of that cave.
Don’t get me wrong.
Contact is fine, that leaving the cave.
But in truth, it isn’t always energizing, and sometimes it’s simply exhausting.
People can be loud.
People can be out of order.
People and be stinky and ill mannered.
(And maybe they think I am all of those things!)
People, like myself, are just trying to get back to their caves.
When it comes down to it, the reality is that people are not noticing the people and things around them that have nothing to do with their day, unless they happen to get in their way.
We’re all just trying to return to our cave dwellings.
We live all together, yet alone.
In other words, you really can get too much of a good thing.
Too much time presiding contentedly in our caves can indeed become excessive (or obsessive) to the point of being “too much of a good thing”.
It can turn us into self centered persons, who are really unappealing.
This condition I’ve found in myself has caused in
me something I will call “Holy
dissatisfaction“, here is an example;
-I have a favorite shirt. I wear it all the time. It starts out pristine. It becomes comfortable. After time it begins to break down. It becomes threadbare. It no longer serves its purpose, “dissatisfaction”, has been achieved, and the shirt must be replaced. I get to choose at this point whether to replace it or not. If I don’t, it will further disintegrate, causing sadness and possible regret for me not being able to make the change. If I venture out for a new shirt, I may find that there are others out there that I can enjoy just as much.-
Seeking out others can be loud, and messy, and exhausting; but isn’t that what we’re here to do? Reach out to others?
What if I see out and about in town
today, and I manage to “get in your way”?
What if I greet you pleasantly instead
What if I can help you reach that item
high on the shelf?
What if I let you in on that line of
traffic, or buy your coffee in the drive thru?
What if I could give you just one good
thing to smile about today?
It really wouldn’t cost me much of anything extra.
That would create a wonderful moment for each of us.
But I had to leave my “Cave” in order to make that happen.
So let me encourage you – Make a moment. Make two.
Heck, let’s make it a habit!
Making moments until next time.
where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. Matthew
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21 (ESV)