On Track

Our youngest son, Zachary, has discovered the wonder of books.   One of his favorite book series is Thomas the Train.  One of the nice things about these books is that many of them teach some sort of moral lesson throughout the book.  Such was the case with a book I read to Zachary the other day.  The last page of it summarized the lesson best.

“I thought there was nothing a train could not do,” said Thomas.  “But now I know that is just not true.  I learned a big lesson from one little crack.  A train is only as good as its track.”

How is the relationship going between yourself and your track?  Who is it that is guiding you down the mile markers of life?  God, His Word, His Church, or only yourself?  The sad truth is that for many of us, we act just like Thomas does for much of the book.  We think highly of ourselves and act like we are sufficient and invincible, only to learn too late how insufficient we are.

Man is a rebel who wants to do his own thing without any or very little accountability for his actions. This has been the case since the fall of man, but it sure seems like the level of defiance centered in this rebellion is increasing.  We have lost our need for a track, and failed to see that we aren’t going anywhere in this life, or in the life to come without it.

A life worth living is grounded by freedom, and true freedom is not the ability for one to do as he pleases, but by the grace of God, to do what is right according to the absolute and righteous standards of truth He gives us in His Holy Word.  May more of us realize just how necessary a solid track is to carry us through the highways and byways of this life!  If we don’t, the best our children may ever glean from their life experiences is that the railways of life lead us only to our death, not to our life.

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May, a Month of Remembrances

The temperatures are warming, trees have budded, flowers are blooming, and spring is in full swing.  The end of a long year of school lies just around the corner.  Dreams of summer vacations are transitioning from possibilities on a paper into actual plans.  May is here, and summer is just around the corner!  Will you stop to smell the flowers of May before you fast-forward into June?

Our society has given the month of May two important events on the calendar for people to remember:  Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.  God has given us four special days: May 7, 14, 21 and 28, otherwise known as “the Lord’s Day” or Sunday.  What will we remember or celebrate when these days overlap?  Will we sing about mothers on May 14?  Will there be patriotic hymns on May 28?  In the majority of churches in our land the answer to that question will most certainly be an unequivocal “yes”.  The question we face is when we do blend them, can we maintain a proper perspective on the day?  Will the children who travel home to be with Mom on that special day bother to go to church with her?  Will God come up during the Mother’s Day meal or just Mom?  Things get even more complex with Memorial Day because for many people it marks the unofficial beginning of summer.  People get a three-day weekend which means they can travel, see sights, and get away.  Very often the “memorial” of our Memorial Day seems to get lost in the modern world – an amazing parallel to the Lord’s Day in our modern culture, is it not?

Celebrate motherhood, celebrate sacrifice and freedom, celebrate God.  These are all things that we should be doing not on any one day of the year but on every day of it.  Nevertheless, sometimes the calendar makes us focus on them a little bit more intently.  What will you be celebrating in May?  Take time out not simply to smell the flowers but to appreciate who made them and why their beauty is not simply an expression of love to Mom or a fallen soldier but to God.

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