Rushing to Nowhere

The way of the Christian is the way of the tortoise, not the hare. In a world that moves at the speed of thought, it is easy to get caught up in the rat race of ministry and the Christian life. However, speed is not the imperative in this way – direction is. And many people are rushing to nowhere.

Photo by Calsidyrose

I like what A.W. Tozer said:

Scriptures exhort the runner to patience and say nothing about speed. The LORD would seem to be more concerned with where we are going rather than how fast. A steady pace in the right direction will lead to the right goal at last, but if the life is aimed at the wrong goal, speed will only take us further astray in a shorter time.

You may have the fastest rocket, but if you are a few degrees off, you will miss the moon. This scenario played out in real life in 1979. A large plane carrying 257 people left New Zealand for a sightseeing tour of Antarctica. Unknown to the pilots, the coordinates were changed by a mere two degrees. This small error put the plane 28 miles from their original destination. As they approached Antarctica, the pilots lowered the altitude so the passengers could get a good look at the landscape. What they did not know was that the error had put them in the path of Mount Erebus. The plane crashed into the side of the volcano killing everyone on board.

We must constantly review our path to be sure that we are on course with our final destination. Tozer also said, “If we should seem at times to be a bit slow, let it be remembered that we do know the direction we are called to go.” Stay the course. Do not turn to the right or the left.

I would hate to rush forward only to find out in the end that I was the first one to nowhere.

Story. Joke. Lesson.

A Story:

It was one of the most painful things that I had ever experienced. Let me give you some background. I was always one of the bigger kids in school, but I was never the biggest. That title was reserved for a guy known in those days as “Hoss.” I’m not sure where he got the nickname, but it suited him well. He was a force to be reckoned with on the football field, the baseball field, and even the basketball court. You see, Hoss wasn’t just the biggest, he was athletic, and he was extremely cool. He was so cool that I thought that I had finally made it to the ‘in’ crowd when he invited me to come over to his house. That’s were it happened…

A Joke:

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.” The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes the quarters and leaves. “What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!” Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. “Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?” The boy licked his cone and replied…

A Lesson:

Finish what you…

Photo by jayneandd

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14