You can learn a lot from a two year old – about being brave, about trying.
I’m not one who likes to try new things. I like the routine of life. Sure, a vacation here and there. But don’t talk to me about eating a dish I can’t pronounce or backpacking in a foreign country. But a little guy just over two feet tall learned all about jumping in the pool and swimming to the side this summer. All about swinging high even if your tummy feels funny. And often he would say: ‘I can be brave with a little help’, as he was trying his new adventures.
Hmm – a little help. We’ve actually got a whole lot of help. The Holy Spirit in us, the Bible to lead us, the Son interceding for us. And this reminder: “Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.” (1Corinthians 16:13 CSB)
Life will throw a lot of curve balls – during those times it’s easy to be alert. We try to shore up our faith. We seek courage and strength from God, from family and friends. But in the easy times? We tend to think we can coast along.
Evil and our own weaknesses don’t take holidays. In fact, when we’re in coasting mode is often when we can be most susceptible. On guard and alert to: not compromising, being aware that satan would relish tripping us up, that the motivation of many is selfish. Be courageous and strong by: praying, studying the Bible, being in the company of believers, living for Jesus not for self.
The very next verse says: “Do everything in love.” (1Corinthians 6:14 CSB) Not much wiggle room there – everything. The thing is, try as we may to be on guard and be brave, things aren’t always in our control. But in all the things of life, we are to have an attitude of love.
What does that look like? Something for us to ponder as we go about the mundane everyday and as we encounter the unexpected. Be alert, stand firm, be brave, be strong – but most of all do everything…in love.
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