The world is already past the turning point of dramatic change.
Right and wrong are now a matter of personal opinion.
Rash theories, empty beliefs,and vague assumptions coupled with free rights and fear of offense- all this has been blown out of all proportion.
People are rushing in all directions to get nowhere in particular, and at war with their own minds. The world is so technically advanced nowadays, that you can get nowhere even faster if you can afford it!
I was born in 1975 and to me, it really stands out, how quickly the world has become used to changes, from new currency, to email and digital, to our climate scare. What a contrast it all is, compared with the simplicity i can remember without it all, back then.
It sometimes feels sad and disappointing.
In Ecclesiastes 7, verse 10, we are advised that it is foolish to ponder, and complain about the good old days. Perhaps that is because it is a pointless, futile task which can only, ironically , ruin the present time. After all, life is all about change, and progress is inevitable.
It seems such an endless struggle, trying not to get caught up in feeling short changed and bewildered when we are in the middle of it everyday.
I have a daydream about living in a Christian community, in a village far away, where we can all live in peace, serving God. We could set out to work each day, to spread Jesus' message, then return to our community and discuss the day we had.
Am I just living in a dream world? I sense that I am.
Jesus told His disciples that he is sending them out as sheep among wolves(Luke 10, verse 3.)
Surely we can achieve the peace of God wherever we are, and that includes being in amongst today's chaos.It encourages us then, to realise our need for God and call on Him more.Most of all, we can see the state of the world, and conclude that there are a tremendous amount of people,(and that's just in our lifetime,)who need direction, and the love that shows them there is one.
I have trouble coming to terms and remembering, that the right path is actually meant to be steep, narrow(wide enough for one),and very stony.
I sometimes forget just where I'm supposed to be heading, and I'm often drawn to the other path- parallel to me, which is much wider, smoother, downhill, and altogether more inviting! There is also
plenty of company, which is partly why I so easily forget that uphill, and often lonely trek.
It can be difficult to reach those walking the wide path, when we are trying our best to manage the narrow one, which seems hard enough, without being distracted into trying to get others onto it- we will often trip and hurt ourselves on the cobbles. Both paths are parallel and within reach of one another- only, one is heading upwards, and the other- down-.
The wider pathway looks so temptingly easy to hop onto from the lean and humble track, and likewise, that track looks so hard to travel on, when you have been used to swanning in any direction at your own pace.
The good thing about being 'amongst wolves', is that we are being watched, guided, helped with words, and often carried a lot of the way, and God is able to reach the 'wide side' through us.
We are certainly not walking alone, even though it looks like a party is under way on the other path- don't be fooled.
God Bless you on your journey. See you when we get there, and if you get there before me, put the kettle on!
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