Change of Course

Read: Romans 12

Watching the Winter Olympics this week reminded me of ABC’s program “The Wide World of Sports” when I was younger. I still remember the opening of that program, “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport, The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.”

As you heard those words “the agony of defeat,” it showed a ski jumper crashing down the mountain. But I just recently learned the whole story behind that incident. Apparently the skier was in good form as he headed down the mountain but realized that the slope was way to fast. He knew that if he completed the jump he would land on the level ground that was way beyond the safe landing area, which could have been fatal.

In the end the skier only suffered a headache from that tumble which became familiar to all of America because of that Wide World of Sports intro. If you want to watch that intro you can go to Youtube and type in “Wide World of Sports Intro” to see it. For some of you it will undoubtedly bring back some memories. Here is a link.

In Romans 12 Paul says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

In our world there are many things that can lead us off the course of God’s perfect will for us. By staying in a close relationship with Jesus Christ we are able to sense when we are headed into a dangerous situation and change course in order to avoid disaster.

Paul says that when our minds are renewed in Christ we are able to discern those things. However, when our minds are on the things of the world, we tend to gravitate down that worldly path instead of the one paved with God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will.

At times, depending on how far down that course we have gone, it may cause us some difficulty and even some headaches when we actually do change our course. But just as that skier realized, a few headaches is much better than a fatal ending.

The most wonderful thing about Jesus is that he offers that “change of course” option without any strings attached. If we come to him with a repentant and changed heart, Jesus will not constantly remind us of our mistakes, instead he will constantly remind us that he has forgiven us of them.

If you are headed down a slope that could be fatal right now I hope that you will bail out and change your course. Turn to Christ and allow his love, acceptance, and perfect will to steer you back to where you need to be. In the final verse of Romans 12 it says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Very true for our world, but especially true in our own lives.

Make it personal: Take time to pray this week and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal some things to you. What dangerous path are you heading down? In what situations are you allowing your perfect will to override God’s perfect will for your life? Make that change!

Have a wonderful week,
Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church