That’s not snow, my friend, it’s a mushroom! I found this growing on the side of a tree, and couldn’t pass up taking a few pics . . .
The leaves fell from the trees and landed on this soft resting place, but the surface they rested on grew up and around, trapping them in place.
How often do we find ourselves in the same predicament? We find somewhere that seems like a good place to rest our weary head, we let our guard down, and somehow find ourselves stuck.
- Stuck in comfort (after all, I deserve this),
- Stuck in complacency (I can’t really make a difference anyway),
- Stuck in routine (this has always worked, so why change?),
- Stuck in apathy (caring is too painful) . . .
But we don’t have to stay there! We’re not leaves stuck in a mushroom, after all. We are members of the body of Christ, children of the King of Kings. He hasn’t left us stranded and alone!
Are you stuck in comfort? Remember, “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come” (Hebrews 13:14 NLT). There’s much better yet to come!
Are you stuck in complacency? Remember, we are called to “serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13). Love always makes a difference, even if we don’t get to see the results in the here and now.
Are you stuck in routine? Remember to open your eyes today to new opportunities: “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone” (Colossians 4:5-6).
Are you stuck in apathy? Remember Christ, who chose love instead!
Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Are you stuck today, my friend? There is a way out! After all, mushrooms aren’t as tough as they look.
“Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good” (Romans 12:21).
Break out and shine bright!
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