“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.
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.