Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Gutter Guards

Have you ever bowled with gutter-guards? You know, the pop-up fenders that keep your ball in the lane and out of the gutter? I must confess, I have never used gutter-guards, though I'll also confess wondering if I could bowl a perfect game with them. Somehow, I think it would cheapen the experience, since I'm supposed to be capable of rolling a ball down the alley without that safety guard.

Consider extending this idea. How about "fairway guards?" Guards that pop up to keep your golf-ball in the fairway and out of the rough.
Or, how about this one. Extend walls up from the boundaries on a tennis court. For that matter, take down the net. Ok. That would be racquet ball

Ultimately, it seems that it would be better if we learn to play the game instead of relying on "guards" that protect us from our inabilities.

Will Goodwin, our Camp Notchamama pastor for the week, said the following: "our prayer is not 'take this away,' but instill me with the passion to do as You want me to do." As I thought about it, I wonder how many of us pray that God will install "gutter-guards" that will protect us from our temptations instead of learning to play the game.

How do we play this game? How can we walk in holiness so that a gutter guard is unnecessary? Here are three suggestions:
  • Crucify your desires. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24 (HCSB)
  • Critique your thoughts. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (HCSB)
  • Claim His power. His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3 (HCSB) 
What about you? Are you depending on "gutter-guards" or learning to live according to the desires of God? What are your tips for "playing the game?"

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