The summer of 2007 will go down in history, at least for me. Not only was it the summer that Barry Bonds made the headlines with a baseball bat, but it was also the summer of “more bad news.” Let me explain.
My life seemed fairly simple as a kid. Then I started middle school.
Everything changed: my body, my desires, my thoughts, and my attention. I had always thought girls were gross. Then all of a sudden, they were all I could think about. And I wasn’t alone. My guy friends were going through a similar metamorphosis—so were all the girls we secretly dreamed about. This led to a new form of entertainment: relationships.
If Jesus really is our Master, Boss, Lord, King, God, and Teacher, then shouldn't we learn everything we possibly can by observing His life? The answer is, of course, yes. But we often stop short in our observation. Or maybe it is the application of what we observe that we struggle with. Here is what I mean...
A good attitude is hard to find when I'm exhausted, frustrated, or things aren’t going my way. I wasn’t naturally hard-wired with a lot of patience or perserverance. I’ve had to learn them.
I’m sure we’d all love to sail smoothly through life, all the time, and in every circumstance. But you and I both know that’s not going to happen. We'll encounter rough waters. We’ll encounter impossible, unavoidable and uncontrollable situations. We can either whine, gripe and become victims, or learn to suffer well.
Because I speak to so many people, lots of them ask me questions about things I preach about. While I hear some odd and interesting questions at times, the majority of the questions people ask me are variations of the same sort of things.
I always answer these questions patiently, honestly and biblically, but I must confess I sometimes grow weary of hearing people ask me for permission to sin, because at the root of these questions is often a desire to flirt with wickedness, not glorify God. I am not a legalist (far from it), but I must notice the motivation in my own heart when I begin looking for ways to justify behavior that may be wrong, sinful, unwise, or harmful to my testimony or the name of Christ.
On one of my many trips to India, I saw a horrible sight that I still remember. It was the remains of a head-on collision between two trains. The wreckage had simply been moved to the side of the tracks to rust in the hot Indian sun. As our train passed the carnage, I wondered how many people had lost their lives in the crash.
That train wreck could have been avoided. Someone somewhere made a mistake that left a trail of dead bodies. The same thing is true for our own lives. Some of us are headed for destruction and we don't even know it. The key is to examine the habits, routines, and patterns that characterize our lives and ask ourselves where we will end up if we stay on the same track. Read more for 10 tell-tale signs you are headed for a train wreck.