This is the Day…Friday
May 14, 2021
“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, and to keep His commands, decrees, and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.” (Deuteronomy 30:15-16)
As a young boy, heading outside on a warm and sunny Saturday morning brought me a great feeling of freedom and excitement. It was sure to be a full day of riding bikes with my friends, playing ball, or just wandering in the woods. Typically, as I was leaving the house, my Mom would say, “You act like you are somebody and be safe.” Those were easy instructions to follow. To my Mom, acting like I was somebody simply meant being kind to my friends and respectful to my elders. However, sometimes I pushed the edge of the envelope when it came to being safe. Being safe is a relative term, based on one’s confidence and ability to understand all that could actually go wrong. As a ten-year old without a fully developed brain, I was not a good judge of all that could go wrong.
One Saturday morning, as I was leaving the house, Mom gave me the same line as usual but with some additional instructions. Earlier that same week, a house down the street and around the corner had caught on fire. While the frame was still standing, most of the inside of the house was gutted by the flames. Since Mom knew how my mind worked and how I loved to explore, she gave me some very clear instructions before leaving the house. “DO NOT go anywhere near the burned house. It is a dangerous place, and you could get hurt. Now, go act like somebody and be safe.” I heard Mom’s instructions and understood why the situation was very dangerous. When I met up with my friends that morning, the first thing they said was, “Let’s go see the burned house!” Ahh, peer pressure. Should I take a stand and tell them my Mom said I could not go and run the risk of damaging my reputation as a great explorer? Or should I give in? Well, I am sure you know my choice. I blame it on that underdeveloped brain.
When we entered the back door of the house, it was spooky to see all the black walls and sense the burning smell. As we snooped around, I noticed that some of the flooring was sagging as my friends walked on it. And then, just as I was about to suggest leaving, CRACK! The floorboard below my right leg broke through and I fell to the floor. When I stood up and pulled my leg from the hole, there was a bloody cut, all the way up the front side of my leg. Thankfully, it was not very deep. More like a really bad scratch. How was I going to explain this to Mom? She tried to warn me. I could have chosen to obey her and had a safe, fun day. But instead, I chose disobedience and it ended in destruction.
Each day is filled with choices. You can choose a life of obedience and blessing or you can choose a path that will certainly lead to pain, disappointment and destruction. What will you choose on this day God has given you? When I went home, Mom was not happy with me. She patched me up and sent me to my room. I learned then that the pain of disappointing her was much worse than the pain from the scratch on my leg.