Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Where The Action Is

Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ -- that's where the action is. See things from his perspective. Colossians 3:

Cyclists keep a close eye on the road. They must -- the majority of the time they are traveling at speeds that would result in serious injury should they take a spill. Hunched over, looking through the handlebars their gaze rarely ventures out more than 50 meters. Road debris, traffic entering from your left and right, from behind and in front are a few of the hazards to monitor closely. Riders see stuff invisible to the eyes of most people, because straddling a lightweight frame attached to two skinny wheels, and wearing only a Styrofoam helmet for protection, gives a unique perspective.

There are some parallels between what I have just written about cycling, and Peterson's paraphrase of something the apostle Paul wrote 2000 years ago. Like cyclists, those whose mode of transportation is faith, are not allowed to live with hands in their pockets, eyes down, shuffling along, the highway of life. No. Going though life living in a space no bigger than the size of our feet has no appeal.

Conversely, eyes are wide open and alert, and the perspective different. Not only do the eyes of the faithful see things invisible to most -- the spiritual debris and danger that surrounds them -- they also see what is going on around Christ and make their way to it.

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