Been Stuck in a Rut?

Been Stuck in a RutEverybody is visited by depression, lethargy, and moodiness. Like the Bible says, it’s not being tempted by sin that’s the problem, everybody’s tempted; it’s yielding to sin’s temptation that gets you stuck in a rut. Like depression, lethargy, and moodiness, it all depends on how long you decide to visit them.  Visiting them for extended periods of time and you’re gonna see grass growing under your feet and between your toes.  Professional help is available and they help sort out what’s ailing you, but ultimately it’s up to you to do the changing to get yourself better.

wheel“Stuck In A Rut” was an old 1800’s phrase coined when covered wagons got their wheels stuck in a ‘rut’ or worn groove in their path or road.  They would often rock their wagon, buggy or mode of transportation back-and-forth, sometimes with a personal push, to get the vehicle out of the rut.  Today we often use the phrase referencing the feeling of doing the same thing over-and-over which leads to boredom.  Some businesses making a $100 million a year without any gain complain that they’re ‘stuck in a rut’.  What rut to be stuck in?     

 People who have a few years under their belt come to realize, that most of our “personal” problems are self-inflicted. Health concerns are a medical matter. Life’s problems are often focused too much on us, and too little attention focused on others. D.L.Moody had trouble getting to sleep if he hadn’t witnessed to someone or tried to help someone every day. Jesus didn’t complain about all the splinters and calluses he suffered from being a carpenter. Peter the apostle was a professional fisherman and he was good at his trade, so good that Jesus told him that he would be a “fisher of men”. What an insightful observation that came true over and over.

It is a certainty that if you dwell on yourself exclusively, your ego will become as large as the great outdoors and you will grow to neglect others and be self-consumed with your own uncomfortable situation. “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5:17 Use your time here on earth wisely.  Paul was saying “the days are evil”, they still are, so we need the same sense of urgency to keep our standards high, act wisely, and do good whenever and wherever we can.  Apart from God life is fleeting and empty.

Bottom Line

If your mountain bike gets a flat and you’re without a spare tube, stuff the tire with grass.  Leave one side of the tire bead on the rim, pack the inside with wads of turf, and then pop in the other bead.  It’ll save your wheel until you get home or help.  Wallah!  You’re out of another rut.

Harmonic Convergence

Harmonic Convergence was the name given to the world’s first globally synchronized meditation. That’s right – Global Groupthink Groupies. This was supposed to happen in August 1987. It was supposed to coincide with the alignment of the planets (or most of them). Some adherents believed that these signs indicated that the earth was about to undergo an “energy-shift”. The followers of this convergence believed the earth was about to experience a change in global perspective. From one of conflict to rainbows and happy thoughts.  Earth’s collective karma, dharma, and freckles would then begin skipping happily down the yellow brick road. World peace was just ahead.

Wishful thinking or Wooden thinking?

Religion has the same problem. There are so many different “organized religions” that people don’t know what or who to believe. Confused about which belief is correct? Look at all the religions to choose from. There’s good ol’ Atheism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Paganism, Sikhism, and Taoism to name a few of the big hitters. Some of these have over a billion followers! That’s a world of people searching! Surely a billion people can’t be wrong can they? You’d be surprised at how many of them will be when death comes a’knockin.

Maybe you’re thinking, I’ll just follow the religion my parents taught me, they were good people. Sorry to interrupt your train of thought, but being a good person has nothing to do with going to heaven. There will be millions of “good” people in heaven, but there will be a lot in hell too. It’s not about being good! It’s about that old fashioned word from the Bible – Faith.

What is this faith that the Bible takes so seriously? It’s a personal belief in who Jesus Christ was and is. It is; believing what Jesus taught in the Bible. Hebrews chapter eleven is affectionately known as the Bible’s “Faith’s Hall of Fame”. Read it. Give it the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval test.

Stand at Ease Disease

Stand at Ease Disease

fungiWho remembers high school chemistry?  How many of you took chemistry?  How many of you took high school biology?  How many took high school?  How many of you took college chemistry, biology and other medical classes?  What do you know about diseases?  Besides they maim, paralyze, and kill.  Fungal growth usually live off of and feed on living organisms.  Dangerous stuff!  A disease is an abnormal condition of an organism or part that impairs normal physiological functioning.  A fungus is any of numerous plants or the division or sub-kingdom Thallophyta lacking chlorophyll ranging in form from a single cell to a body of mass of branched filamentous hyphae that often produces specialized fruiting bodies and including the yeasts, molds, smuts, and mushrooms.  Whadda think: is sin a disease or a fungus: or both?

People say alcoholism is a disease.  If it is; it’s the only disease that is bottled, sold and taxed!  People say marijuana is a disease.  If it is; it’s the only disease that is packaged as brownies, cookies, candies and other venues then sold and taxed in many areas.  Truffles are tasty, but they’re still a fungus!  Let’s put away our chemistry, biology and medical books; we find sin defined “in the Bible”.  Romans 14:23 says that; “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin”!  You might think this a gray area.  “Everything that does not come from faith is sin” means that to go against a conviction will leave a person with a guilty or uneasy conscience.  When God shows us that something is wrong for us, we should avoid it.  This is not rocket science.  And we know what alcohol, marijuana, and other drug products do to us.  They maim, paralyze and kill.  All diseases and fungi aside—sin is 100% fatal; unless…you have THE ANTIDOTE.  The definition of sin and its cure are found on the Roman road!  Looking?

Bottom Line

Be careful what you choose.  You are free to choose between two masters, but you are not free to manipulate the consequences of your choices.  Each of the two masters pays with his own kind of currency.  The currency of sin is death (Romans 6:23).  That is all you can expect or hope for in life without God.  Jesus’ currency is eternal life.  What choice have you made?