We install security alarms in our cars, homes and businesses. We build fences and hire police and armies to secure our lives. However, the most dangerous instrument of harm and dissention is our tongue. Guarding my lips guards my life and the lives of others. Both life and death proceed from our mouths. Unfortunately, there is not a lip alarm; safety begins in the heart out of which the mouth speaks. Lord, You have my heart and lips; purify both.
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.