Today I saw an ambulance, lights flashing and sirens wailing pull into our local gas station. It was there to help another rescue squad remove a man slumped over the wheel of his car parked by one of the pumps. The paramedics were working feverishly and I found myself saying a silent prayer for both the responders and the stricken driver.
Could these stressful times of high gasoline prices finally be taking a physical toll on my neighbors and friends?
Life is full of obstacles directing us away from the fulfilling and spirit driven life the Father designed for this, our temporary worldly stay. A few of these detours are greed, hate, pride, impatience, harshness, unrighteousness, brutality and impulsiveness. We must learn to rise above these barriers in order for us not to become defeated and ultimately perish in the destructive arms of the Devil himself.
By contrast, read what Paul wrote to the early Christian church in Galatia,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
We must remain faithful to Paul’s counsel and live according to his instructions.
Letting others see our spiritual foundation through humble choices and biblical conduct will prayerfully lead them toward a Christ centered life. This is not an easy task and is fraught with unforeseen danger and personal sacrifice. Diversions will surround us like prowling lions and hurdles will be placed in our path by the Evil Predator.
Our reward will be the ultimate prize, our heavenly reception into a place Jesus called paradise.
Now that will be as good as it gets.