“I just bought a cow.” Well, it wasn’t really a cow; it was an ox. And it wasn’t really me…this time. This was from a parable Jesus gave and was one of several lame excuses thrown out by the guests who had been invited to the king’s wedding banquet. His ability to show up when called was hampered by wrong priorities, costing him far more than a little time with his sacred cow. We all make excuses when our calling doesn’t line up with our desires. Proverbs warns: “the complacency of fools will destroy them.” Complacency is foolish and can kill our chances for God to use us. Even worse, it not only is harmful to our own lives, others may also suffer from our wrong priorities. LORD, deliver me from me. Help me recognize Your invitations to step up to the plate and grant me grace to act.
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,” Exodus 23:2NIV. Geese fly in formation so they can draft off each other to make flying easier. People do the same. We have a natural tendency to simply follow the herd; it is easier to go with the flow of whatever is popular, faddish or commonly admired. The steep price of a drift-along-lifestyle is the failure to find your divinely created purpose. We are carefully knitted together by the Creator for His specific calling for each of us. We can never rise to God’s best by going along with the crowd. I must continually find that sweet spot of being WITH the crowd but not OF the crowd. Lord, protect me from wandering aimlessly and help me keep my pace in cadence with Yours. Teach me to be comfortable in the gaggle but to be willing to fly at the front of the formation.