Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Putting on the Brakes

Driving to work the other day, going up a slight hill, the high performance car in front of me proved the stop-on-a-dime ability of his brakes. Fortunately, I wasn't following too close and I was able to stop on that same slight hill without 'meeting' the driver.

This simple every day situation taught me yet another Little Lesson from my Loving Lord.

This driver knew the strengths, abilities, and limitations of his brakes. He didn't care about the strengths, weaknesses or limitations of those that followed him.

Are we guilty of that? Do we know what temptations we can handle and expect that all of those around can handle those temptations as well? Is a younger Believer following your example and trusting that you will stop before he or she is tempted beyond what they are prepared for?

Let's look at some examples: Do we watch shows on TV that 'glorify' story lines that are clearly against Biblical principles then laugh with non-believers or newer Christians over those things leading them to believe that that behavior is acceptable. Do we think that because we are solid in our faith and we know it's just 'fiction and fantasy' on TV, that everyone else knows the portrayed behavior is unacceptable? What if their breaks don't work as well as yours and they go skidding full-speed into the undesirable activities?

One more: Are you married and committed to your spouse but you flirt with your good-looking co-worker thinking it's all in fun? Knowing that you would 'never go there' so it's OK? What if your co-worker doesn't share your beliefs? What if they want to take it further? When you hit your brakes will they be able to hit theirs in time?

Are you willing to slow down and recognize your influence in the world? Are you willing to make changes in your life that removes the need for others to test their brakes? That's my challenge to you today.

1 Peter 2:12 (NIV): Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they
accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the
day he visits us.

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