Breath Day – February 24, 2018

By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.Matthew 7:16-17

The sign that appeared along the roadway said, “Slower speed ahead.” The speed would decrease from 70 mph to 55. I wanted to obey traffic laws, but I didn’t want to decelerate to the speed that would provoke the ire of the driver behind me. I opted instead to hover in between at what I call a “safe” speed.

Life is full of compromises. Pressure from peers, coworkers, society — even family members — bears down on me. With my back up against a wall, I have a choice to make. Will I obey God and honor my own convictions, or will I choose to honor the fleeting, conditional acceptance of others instead?

There is no “safe” place in compromise for the believer who takes seriously his relationship with God, “For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, and He sees all His steps.” Job 34:21

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