Crash Course or Opportunity?

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 5:15-18

As I grow older, some sayings grow more meaningful to me, like: “Don’t be concerned about dying young, but whether you’ve ever really started to live.” And “Life is what happens when you’re waiting for some thing to happen.” Life does happen a shocking mixture of golden opportunities and gruesome crashes.

The days are evil, so much so that we can hardly tolerate reading the newspaper. We need the Lord’s wisdom to sort through what life throws our way the irrational evil of hard criminals, natural disasters in our fragile world, the betrayals of Christian friends and loved ones. Indeed, who can hurt us more than a person we love? We will collapse unless our lives are built on the solid foundation of the Lord’s will revealed clearly in Scripture.

People attempt to escape harsh reality through alcohol and partying. But afterward, nothing is better and a lot can be so much worse. Momentary highs from a bottle cannot compare with the joy that comes from the artesian well of God’s indwelling Spirit.

If you’ll only “go far enough for the fun” with the Holy Spirit, then truly “the joy of the Lord will be your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).


Lord, save me from bad choices fill me with you! Amen.