Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Easy Exit

This journey toward our life’s mission is a winding road. There is no doubting that there will be twists and turns that take us places we never dreamed we would go. Dr. Suess was so right in ‘Oh! The Places You’ll Go!’ when he said, “You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

We human beings are funny at times because we often blame others for the plight we find ourselves in. And yet it is our thoughts and our decisions that brought us to where we are. 

(Max wading in the stream)
(Rocks State Park - Jarrettsville, MD)
Walking this pathway of faith is not always the easiest one, yet I have come to find that ‘easy-way-out’ exits have been provided all along the journey. We often place them there to provide an escape route…just in case. 
…just in case things don’t work out.
…just in case this decision was crazy.
…just in case I get too scared.

Stepping out into the path God chooses for us to take will test every fleshly fiber of our being, creating doubt and worry, when in reality there should be none. It is in those testing moments when times are hard that we lose sight of the fact that God’s ways are not our ways, and neither His thoughts our thoughts.

*Satan tried to present Christ with an easy way out.
*His men tried to convince David to take the life of Saul and make his life easier.
*Job’s wife told him to curse God and die … would have made things easier maybe?
*Moses … just hang with Pharaoh. It’s too much work to lead the children of Israel out of bondage.

What I am beginning to see is we should not be so worried about the toughness of this journey with Christ…what we should concern ourselves with is listening to our flesh and taking the easy way out.
You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.’ (Dr. Suess)

(Gate Entrance to Baltimore Cemetery)
(Baltimore, MD)
It might just be the most difficult time of your life right now…but stay the course. How will we ever know that God can if we never give Him the chance? Let the unexplainable occur in you…and that cannot happen by taking the easy way out. 

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