Sunday, October 24, 2010

Knowing God - Hebrews 2:1, 3

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So we must listen very carefully
to the truth we have heard,
or we may drift away from it. ...
What makes us think that
we can escape if we are indifferent
to this great salvation that was
announced by the Lord Jesus himself?
Hebrews 2:1, 3
 
My son Robbie has a racing game on the computer. As you progress through the game, one of the challenges they present is learning how to "drift." "Drifting" is basically sliding around the corner. It's a controlled skid.
 
How many of us can say that some days that's the best we can do in our faith? Our days are racing by, out of control, and sometimes it seems that the best we can manage is a controlled skid.
 
Hebrews says that "indifferent" means "no escape." In other words, a crash is coming. Can you hear the squeal of the tires in your own life?
 
We wear ourselves out ... wear ourselves out ... wear ourselves out ... and are surprised when we don't have the inner resources to deal with life's collisions.
 
Instead of "indifferent" what if we were "different"? Indeed, what is God calling you to do different. With our car we do routine maintenance and practice defensive driving. So that we don't "drift," how might you slow down this coming week and enjoy the journey more?
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who drives old cars
because they're less expensive
(and sometimes go slower
... which apparently is a good thing)
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I crashed.  I was worn completely out - mentally. physically. emotionally. spiritually. Three weeks in intensive depression treatment. An amazing grace-filled weekend at Via de Cristo several months later.  I am s...l...o...w...l...y gaining the inner resources to prevent another crash.  How am I slowing down?  By not doing 3 simultaneous bible studies. not expecting myself to get things done yesterday. trying to breath deeply. pray freely. I do have a good instructor who often laughs at me, yet helps me try new things to work on. pushes me sometimes and gently encourages at other times.  That goes a long way to prevent drifting and indifference. To you know who ... thank you.

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