Friday, May 4, 2012

Where do You Run?

My son, Brennan, with his Uncle Derrick
It's Friday. The sun is shining, it's relatively warm out (by Bellingham/May standards), there's fresh blossoms on the trees, a light breeze in the air, and I recently returned from an amazing vacation. I'm sitting at Starbucks sipping a white-chocolate americano (with room). I have a nice house, two cars, a great job, and am typing on this cool computer. I have the best wife I could hope for, an amazing son who brings so much joy to my life. I have money in the bank and food in my stomach. And above all, I have Jesus.

And yet somehow, a variety of circumstances have conspired against me today and I find myself feeling pretty low. Down. Depressed. Overwhelmed. Which brings me to the point of this post...a question that I'm asking myself this very minute;

Who (or what) do you run to when you're down? The world offers a lot of "fixes." Some are ways we often medicate ourselves when we're feeling blue; Food, T.V., movies, chocolate (tempting), stuff (retail therapy), coffee, sports, games. Others are things that have the potential to lead us down a dark path; alcohol, sex, drugs, relationships.
Where do you run?

Of course, we all know the "right answer;" and most of us are probably good at faking it. But in the end we only fool ourselves. The real question is "where/who/what is the source of real life?"

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:68-69)
There is another place to run...Jesus. What does He offer?

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10)

Life. Joy. Fulfillment. Peace. Purpose. To look anywhere else for life is to accept the stocking filled with coal, rather then the one next to it which is overflowing with good gifts. What it takes from us to choose the stocking with good gifts is one thing; belief. We must believe that Jesus indeed will fill our hearts with life. So next time you are down, choose life. Don't go for the phony stuff...spend time with God instead. Draw near to Him...and see Him draw near to you.

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