Choices: Slippery When Wet

After breakfast this morning, Franklin the Pup was anxious to go outside. He sat by the back door ready to run into his fenced-in back yard. He looked up, waiting for me to release him, and then leaped through the door with excitement. He ran toward our pear tree to check for birds. As I often do, I stepped onto our patio to watch Franklin and examine the morning sky. There was a slight drizzle. It had been raining, but since I hadn’t had my coffee yet, I didn’t realize the conditions until my bare feet met the chilled, wet mat outside our door.


The cardinals and finches I normally look for decided to stay hidden and my feet were cold, so I stepped back inside. The problem was that I didn’t realize exactly how wet my feet were until I took my first step onto the hardwood floor of our sunroom. Like stepping onto a patch of ice, my foot immediately slipped out from under me, catching the toes of my other foot in the rocks on our patio. I was able to grab the door jam and avert complete disaster, but the incident made me think; I had not recognized the consequences of my actions when I was taking them. It was only in the midst of falling that I understood my mistake.


Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8 NIV)


The issue is that we don’t always recognize what we’ve sown until it’s actually time to reap. Like stepping onto the slippery floor with wet feet, many of my choices in life have come without thinking through the natural result of those choices. It sometimes seems as if I’ve reached into a bag of mixed seeds and just thrown down whatever happens to be in my hand. As we learn to seek God’s wisdom over our own, we will begin to be more aware of our choices and reap less negative consequences.


In what ways have you learned to be aware of the choices you’re making? What steps can you take to more actively seek God’s wisdom in making choices?


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When We Refuse to Walk

Coming from Vermont, I’m still not used to the beautiful weather in South Carolina. While a severe snowstorm was oppressing my friends in the North, we were experiencing a light breeze and temperatures in the mid-sixties. The colors are still bleak in South Carolina, but that’s certainly preferable to a foot of snow. Over the weekend, I took Franklin for his daily walk around our neighborhood, expecting him to enjoy the mild weather. He usually loves an opportunity to proudly trot through our community, but this Saturday he reached into his old nature and found a stubborn streak. Perhaps there was a scent in the air he found unpleasant. Perhaps he didn’t like the wind tussling his well-groomed, fluffy ears. Whatever the reason, Franklin did not want to go on his walk. He dug his hind paws into the ground. With a bit of prodding from me,  he’d walk for a bit and then resist again.


Sadly, this is not terribly different from my walk with God. There are times when I dig my heels in, refusing to move. Though the weather in my life is calm compared to some, I’ll still fight against the direction God is leading me. My old nature is at war with my desire to follow God.


For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. (Galatians 5:17 NIV)


I can’t walk in two directions at the same time. I’m either walking on God’s path for my life or my own. They may intersect from time to time, but they are decidedly different. In Franklin’s case, he didn’t want to move at all. That is a choice, but God’s desire is for us to move forward because he is always moving forward. You can’t walk with God if you refuse to walk.


Father, show me the areas of my life where I’m refusing to move. Reveal how I’m resisting you, and make me willing to move forward. Amen. 


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Franklin the Pup is the subject of Josh’s latest book project. You can follow Franklin on Twitter @FranklinThePup or on his Facebook Account.
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Joshua J. Masters is a pastor, author (American Psalms), and speaker. He has been featured on CBN, HIS Radio, and the Light Radio Network.  As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Josh has also worked both in front of and behind the camera in the film industry.  He lives with his wife, Gina, and their dog, Franklin, in South Carolina where Josh serves as a care pastor.



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