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Topic: TRIP (10/18/18)
TITLE: The ground is not to be blamed
By Emmanuella Ellis
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You would surely think that she must be confused or ignorant because her footwear was totally wrong for the season. You would know without a doubt that she slipped and fell because of her choice of footwear. I am sure you would help her up and try to explain to her why she should get a pair winter boot. But what if she started complaining to you about the ground and the icy nature of the pavement as the problem and not her footwear. What if all she did was blame the floor and not her flipflops. You would certainly start an endless debate trying to make her understand that though the ground was slippery the real problem was her flipflops.
But who could really blame her? She had a wrong outlook on the situation. She is so used to having the same shoes on all the time, she didn’t realise that they won't work in certain seasons. Just like most Christians who always stumble and fall in their walk with Christ because they always have on the wrong pair of “footwear” while blaming the floor the whole. To top it off, we pay no attention to the One who advises us because we are too quick to prove a point.
When we stumble and fall we tend to put the blame on the situation that caused us to fall even though we should be critically assessing our attitude towards the situation. To become a Christian is to decide to walk a different path to the desired destination. This path is not an easy one especially having to go through it in this world with all the chaos.
This means you can’t walk on the path with the same attitudes you had when you were not saved. This will lead to many times of stumbling and falling.
We must walk with different attitudes which are the “shoes” we have to put on as we walk this chosen path. This means that there is an appropriate approach to every situation defined by the word of God. So, then it's like having flipflops in the summer and winter boots in the winter. Its the only way to keep you safe and continuously on the road. The seasons are bound to change so there is always a need to be prepared.
You don’t walk through the season of lack with worry as before but rather you walk on that path with faith and patience. Those are the shoes you put on. In the season of temptation, you put on the shoes of prayer and self-control. In the season of abundance, you don’t put on the shoes of pride but humility. In the season of hurt, you put on the shoes of forgiveness and not anger and retaliation.
Shoes of peace in the season of war and conflict. Shoes of love and kindness in the season of bitterness. Shoes of patience in the season of anxiety. All these shoes are always laced with love, mercy and grace. These shoes keep you safe through the season because really it will pass, and you don’t want to nurse an injury because you fell and got hurt wearing the wrong shoes.
Blaming the situation which is the “ground” never solves the problem. Its always about getting the appropriate “shoes”. It is understandable if you need to change your wardrobe and get some new shoes. Don’t we all need to do that?
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