This chapter talks a lot about distractions and complacency. Now, there's a pair of plagues! Quotes that hit me between the eyes include:
- "We become sleepy and apathetic toward some of our poor choices and negative attitudes" (p. 65).
- "We grow so accustomed to the distractions around us that we barely notice their influence" (p. 75).
- "Keeping something clean is easier when you tend to it daily" (p. 64).
One danger that stalks me daily is the willingness to grab hold of the "good" before I can see God's "best". We face many opportunities to invest our time and energy in good things. But is it God's will for me to say yes to every good thing? Hardly.
Even Jesus Christ prayed to the Father, "I have brought You glory by completing the work You gave me to do" (John 17:4). He didn't say by completing everything that would ever need doing. If the Son of God had a finite mission on earth, what makes me think I can do everything without disastrous results? Yet, that is my default tendency.
The Good News is that God's "reset" button is always close at hand. I need that button every day, many times a day. Do you?
May you feel His grace today,
The last Word:
Everything is permissible - but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible - but not everything is constructive.
1 Corinthians 10:23, NIV.