Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What's In the Way?

                I think every major road in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is under construction. The mess has also spilled over onto some of the side roads. Trying to get somewhere more than a few miles from home usually includes roadblocks and detours. This time of year becomes even more frustrating since there seem to be more cars on the road for shopping and traveling. There are cars in my way, there are people in my way, and there are orange construction barrels in my way. Everywhere I go, something is in the way of my tried and true path.
                The same thing happens in other areas of my life too. I can’t get where I want to be, but more importantly I can’t get where I need to be.
Where I WANT to be:
Sometimes family and friends are in the way of the day I had planned for myself.
Sometimes a coworker is in the way of that finished project.
Sometimes unexpected bills are in the way of my next purchase.
Where I NEED to be:
If I am honest, sometimes the internet and TV are in the way of where I need to be.
Many times my expectations, emotions, selfishness, and attitudes are the things in the way.
Where do I really need to be? What is in the way? Sometimes it’s just me in the way -- my selfish desires, my laziness, my earthly pleasures.
                Where do you want to be this Christmas season? Where do you need to be this Christmas season? You may want to be sleeping fifteen extra minutes, but you may need to be spending that time with God. You may want to be at home relaxing, but you may need to be giving grace and kindness to the cashier at Walmart. You may want to be left alone, but you may need to be holding someone’s hand. You may want someone to help you, but you may need to be helping someone else.
                Most importantly, is where you WANT to be where you NEED to be?
 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

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