rode the Marauder to work today. The weather reports indicated that this should be the best day to ride all week. Hit a bit of rain on the way down, nothing more then a sprinkle here and there. Same when I went out for lunch. The radar image looks pretty bad for the ride home, here’s hoping that some nice stiff winds blow in and push the rainclouds away!
Did a first review of next weeks lesson at lunch today. We’re moving into the Old book for a bit, starting with Ezra. The lesson writer’s topic is about taking advantage of opportunities when they avail themselves. Actually, this should be a good topic, although it might be a bit of a stretch to think of people returning from exile as taking advantage of opportunity. After all, wouldn’t this be a natural thing to do?
Natural or not, the truth is that most people tend to stay inside their own chains, even when released. Why is that? Fear of the unknown vs. the known? Failure to recognize opportunity as it manifests itself? A general lack of motivation?
Hopefully as the week progresses, I can grasp an idea that makes some sense of the topic. If there is any one thing that Christian men need to do, it is to take action when the situation arises. Far too often we look the other way, duck our heads, open our Bibles, say a prayer, sing a song,Â anything to avoid contact with real life and doing something about the situations we encounter. Jesus said it best:
Matthew 7:19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
21 â€œNot everyone who calls out to me, â€˜Lord! Lord!â€™ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.
What I like about this quote is that Jesus doesn’t focus on the dont’s, he focuses on doing God’s will.