Keep The Ball Low

June 20, 1997

1 Corinthians 15:3,11b – For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures… so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

In an old Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown attempts to explain the mystery of life to his friend, Lucy. He says, "Be kind. Don't smoke. Be prompt. Smile a lot. Eat sensibly. Avoid cavities. Mark your ballot carefully. Avoid too much sun. Send overseas packages early. Love all creatures above and below. Insure your belongings and try to keep the ball low." Everything Charlie said is good, but Charlie Brown's answer really didn't deal with Lucy's question.

Unfortunately, many of us listen to the Charlie Browns of the world in an attempt to resolve our problems. And so we never really get to the meat of the matter – what is our chief end in life? What is the purpose of life and existence and the reality we must relate to each and every day?

Charlie reminds me that much of my time is spent on platitudes and not on purposes and directions toward which I journey.

Prayer: God, I live each day in your love and you lead my life in the way I should go. Help me never forget the grace that guides me day by day through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

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Kenn Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
West Petpeswick, Nova Scotia, Canada

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