Monday, January 18, 2016
Have you ever reached for the “Delete” key, hesitated for a moment, made your decision, tapped it, and then realized you had not saved an important file? Did a very audible “NO!” exit your lips? Most of us, in working on our computer, have experienced that moment. Questions immediately cross your mind. “Did I save it in another location?” “Do I have a backup?” When reality finally sinks in, did you exhale a defeated sigh and then mentally kick yourself? Wasn’t your next step spent attempting to reproduce that file from memory? I’ve been there and done that. Not once, but several times. The larger the file, the deeper the feeling of loss. Starting over is never easy. Yet, it has to be done. The importance of that information motivates you to reproduce it. Sometimes the finished product is better than the lost original. Sometimes it isn’t, which intensifies that feeling of loss!
Life is like that. Some have the idea that when they become believers in Christ, life will always fall on the positive side. No more confrontations. No more problems. No more heartaches. No more anger. No more . . . you name it!
Some believe they will meet that perfect prince or princess, “who will make me happy”! Wrong! No matter how much in love you are, the world wasn’t built around you. Hopefully, your mate may have some things in common with you. However, it’s those other things that become mountains rather than ant hills. You can’t always blame others when you are at fault! Just being the opposite sex means you approach life in a different way.
Even before you leave the crib, life starts throwing challenges at you. How you handle them will develop who you are and how your relationship with others will be. Sometimes you have to hit the “Delete” key when you don’t want to, but it is essential in your development. Jesus said,
“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” Matthew 16:24-26 (NLT)
Sometimes that “Delete” key is necessary and your decision to activate it will make an eternal difference!