Friday, June 06, 2003

Forty-Day Immersion: Day 14

The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way - never have and never will. 10:4 The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. 10:5 We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. 10:6 Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, The Message

Day 14

We clear the ground of our lives so we can build without obstruction.

It’s difficult to imagine building a home or office building on uncleared ground.

The rubble of what had been broken down would be scattered all over. Some of it would be potentially dangerous – sharp-edged, jagged – and put at risk whatever and whoever was being developed on the site.

Some of it would stink – old, nasty, and rotted things.

Some of it would be unsightly – marred beyond repair, mocking reminders of failure and wasted effort.

Some of it would just be in the way. We would have to walk around it, or climb over it. It might be the last to go, because it would seem so benign compared to everything else that was scattered around.

Maybe that’s why it can hold us back the most.

We can get serious about ridding our new lives and fresh beginnings of things that are dangerous, things that are ugly, things that stink. We usually attack those first.

But things that are just clutter, things that are merely in the way? We get used to them because they aren’t scary, and we leave them alone. We build around them, and what we build is often pretty good – but as long as the clutter remains, it will never be truly great.

I know what I have to clear away – and I know what I’m going to do with the extra space: give up on the pretty good, and start building the pretty remarkable.

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