by Alan and Clarice Smith 19 July 2021
Although we are all unique yet in so many ways we are all similar. At times like the present I would think that the majority of us tend to look back remembering the simpler times, when we could move about freely, look forward to meeting up with friends and family and spending time together, particularly times of celebration.
These circumstances can cause us to raise the question “What if?” Do you torment yourself with such questions as “Where would I be now if only I had made this or that decision?” And we can also torment ourselves with questions like “What if this happens or what if that happens?” Such behaviour can leave us feeling overwhelmed.
I am no theologian, but as I see it, Jesus does not instruct us to live in the future or the past. We can do very little in this present moment, about either one. Surely we are to live abundantly in the present with Jesus abiding within us in full measure.
I ask you the question - when Jesus said (Luke 9:23) “If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget self, take up his cross every day, and follow me.”, did He mean for us to deal with our present situation, whatever that may be? He tells us to ask for and seek His guidance and follow Him. Christ is the Light of the World and He will shed light on the present situation to show us our way.
He may give us only enough clarity and courage to take a single step forward, but it is up to us to ‘take up’ our present situation and take that step. It is comforting to know that when we eventually look back, we will see that our whole journey was in Jesus’ light.
RESOLUTION: Each day I will follow Jesus - a single step at a time.
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