Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Going up on a down escalator

A few times, I have caught myself ready to put a foot on the escalator going the wrong way. And, it’s usually on the down escalator, when I actually wanted to go up. Many people will actually run down an escalator made to go up, or try running up one going down – just thinking it is cute. It isn’t cute, but dangerous, not only for the person trying the stunt, but also for those other people on the escalator legitimately.

Life is a little like the escalators. A Christian is always trying to go up, and sometimes find oneself on the wrong escalator, leading in the wrong direction, if you will. Life gets you down; you tend to blame God. You begin to gossip, can’t hold your tongue, and criticize others. You don’t do your job at work, and tend to goof off or play around on the job, leaving the work to others while you are drawing the same salary.

There is always something that wants to keep you on the down escalator! It is the enemy trying to destroy your credibility as a Christian. And, he will chose any avenue with which he can get a foothold. It may be your family, your job, or perhaps just your tongue. Too many times, we let the tongue get in the way of relationships, even with God.

But, we can change our direction, thank the Lord. James 4:8 says “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. “ The Lord always gives His people a way out. He is a just and loving God. Oh, He may chastise you in the process, but He is a great Father, one who loves you regardless of your mistakes in life, or how many times you take the escalator of life down in the pits. He’s ready to help you pick yourself up, dust youself off, and set your feet on that upward escalator!

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