I Love Me... I Love Me Not.
"Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves." (2 Corinthians 13:5, NIV)
The scene has appeared in countless stories. A young lover has a flower. "She loves me...she loves me not." He's hoping to find an answer in the flower. In a similar way people today often use the flower method to decide how to feel about themselves. "I love me...I love me not." And with each success or crisis, a petal is pulled off. The problem is, there are just too many crises.
Illness... old age... family problems. Everyone has to stop and reevaluate. Sometimes the most common crisis forces us to examine the undergirding of our lives. This undergirding is the unseen superstructure that life sits on, rests on, depends on. We move on it.
We work on it. And, sad to say, there are many today who move, live, and depend upon structures they have never asked any questions about.
What is your undergirding? What is it made of? How strong is it? Will it hold the weight of your life? What is its design? And, more importantly, who is the designer?
Read Matthew 7 again and ask yourself, solid rock or shifting sand? The choice is clear.
Father, thank You for offering Yourself as my firm foundation. Give me courage to build only on Your strength. And then give me compassion to share Your strength and foundation with others. Because of Jesus. Amen.
- BOB CHISHOLM, Memphis, Tennessee