“Four Things”

This Weeks Meditation: “Four Things” 
Read: Hebrews 12:14-17

Recently I ran across a saying that was entitled “Four things you can’t recover,” These are the four things it listed:  The STONE after the throw. The WORD after it’s said. The OCCASION after it’s missed. The TIME after it’s gone.

In Hebrews 12:14-17 there are three verses with both words of encouragement and words of warning.  The encouragement is to live at peace with everyone, share grace, and live holy lives.  The warnings are to think about those things that can’t be recovered once they are done, missed, spoken, or thrown.

God’s grace is always available for those who repent of their sins and mistakes, but even with his grace we cannot undo a hurtful word that has already been said or an opportunity missed to be there for someone when they need us.  That’s why we need to ask God for wisdom and discernment.

Our human nature often leads us to blurt things out or do things without thinking about the long term consequences.  Many times I have done something and then later thought, “Why in the world didn’t I use some restraint or pause and think about this before I acted.”

Verse 14 begins by saying “Make every effort…”  If we ask Christ to help us in those efforts I believe that we can keep from doing many of those things we later regret.  One of the greatest examples of Jesus in the New Testament is how he controlled his actions and used Godly wisdom to minister and change situations for good.

That is the kind of help we need from the Lord!  Ask him for his restraint, his love, and his wisdom this week as you face those tempting times of saying something, doing something, or throwing something that later you might wish you hadn’t.

Make it personal:  The next time you are tempted to act on one of the four things above, stop and say a prayer to God.  Ask for his wisdom to do what is right and respond in a way that reflects Christ’s character and example.

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church