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Topic: Oops (01/14/10)
TITLE: ON THE EDGE
By Kenneth Heath
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On a perfect day it is easy to fall in love with the road. A gentle breeze, some tufts of cotton wool in the clear blue sky and the road spread out before you like a gigantic black snake that disappears into the distance. It’s not a straight road that would make it too boring. It’s full of twists and turns, ups and downs, a roller coaster of delight as it weaves it magic and I twist the throttle of my motorcycle wide open.
The beast below me roars and thrusts me toward the horizon at a breathtaking pace. 100... 120... 121 oops! There goes my guardian angel; he never likes it when I break the speed limit. The devil stays on encouraging me to go faster and faster, so it’s just him and I hurtling toward the horizon.....160...180....220....240....270.....290 and there I am, all alone, even the he chickened out and got off at 240. However I am not quite alone; the grim reaper has jumped on just in case I fail to take the corner that is fast approaching. Well he had better hold on tight as we are almost there.
Here we go, hard on the brakes, change down a few gears and then I am into the corner at about 140, which is a far too fast but all I have to do is hang off the side and pull the bike around the corner. Fortunately I make it round the bend and live to ride again. The adrenalin rush is amazing, lifting my spirit and causing me to appreciate even more this wonderful life that Christ has given each one of us. I don’t advocate breaking the speed limit as a general rule, but there are times when you have to live life on the edge even if only for a brief moment in space and time.
How many of you have ‘Bucket lists’? That list of special things to do before you die? Friends, Jesus came to give us life and life in abundance and our lives while full of trials and tribulations are meant to be fun. The Bible says He was a man of sorrows, but I just can’t picture Him that way. In my mind’s eye I see a jovial Saviour with a twinkle in His eyes, laughing as He explains His parables to His disciples. Life as we interpret it and live is so far from what I believe Jesus intended it to be.
How can you be so gloomy when your personal friend is the Lord Jesus Christ? How can you be so unhappy when the only law you have to live by is the law of love? If you apply His love to your life you will become a new person, experience His peace and be able to see people in a new light and find time to really live. The adrenalin rush of leading a person to the Lord is far superior to a fast ride on a motorcycle.
Unfortunately most Christians I know choose to live life in the safety of the ‘frozen chosen’, seldom venturing out, never opening the throttle and living their lives on the edge as Christ intended. The power of love is far superior to my humble motorcycle. All you have to do is open up your heart and take that first step in faith and you too will find yourself hurtling towards life’s horizon at an astonishing speed. Yes there will be the learning curves, the ups and downs and the sudden stops that bring you back down to earth, but at least you can say at the end of your earthly life that you have lived.
Go on I dare you.........twist the throttle wide open and break free of your grimy cage and soar like an eagle into His high places. Your life will never be the same and there will be no oops as Jesus through his indwelling Holy Spirit will never climb off when the going gets tough or dangerous. Instead He will be there cheering you on until He takes you home.
Remember there is more to life than the mundane, get out there and truly live the life of LOVE. Give yourself a hug this day. Remember when you hug yourself you are hugging Him and by loving someone else you are showing your love for Him. Vroom, vroom!
Note: 160kph is equivalent to 100mph.
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