Daily Reminders

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 NIV

Last week we had a ton of rain, so much so that most of the lower level paved roads had standing water around the edges and near the sewer gutters. Up by our house there is still a good amount of country, rural areas of ranches and farms, many of which only use gravel roads to enter. You can imagine after 2 weeks of rain the condition of those gravel farm roads.

This verse above from Deuteronomy was a great reminder for me of the importance to stay in practice or stay disciplined to God’s Word and promises.

On Tuesday of last week, was our home group meeting, to be held on the west side of town from our place at my friend’s house. We always share a laugh as the traffic between his place and mine is quite congested just before our meeting time of 6:30 PM. I joke with him often on my punctuality as i am either early, or late, but rarely arrive right at 6:30, mostly due to traffic. Last Tuesday however, i was committed to an on time arrival, despite the incredible rain storm that was taking place. I had a “secret” plan that included utilizing some of these gravel roads, and avoided virtually all of the traffic.  Keep in mind, the family vehicle I drive after work hours is really my wife’s truck. Not a 4 wheel drive, but a heavy and long suburban, a dark metallic gray in color. It’s a great tow capable vehicle to pull the camper on the weekends and always has room for plenty of passengers.

I have been a student of my wife for quite some time. In fact, this September will be our 17th year together and most of the time i can tell you EXACTLY what she is thinking. The issue is despite my discernment of her thoughts, i don’t always hear well. She has stressed to me more than once the truck is NOT a 4 wheel drive off road vehicle although every time we go camping, i tend to forget this. Tuesday was no different and as my shortcuts led me to the gravel road that would save on time, she said it, “i’d turn around babe, this road looks bad.”

I somehow missed the warnings right there from my partner and on I drove, sliding back and forth and sideways, heck, i almost put it in the ditch a few times. This is NOT a brag on my driving skills but a note of my stupidity and stubbornness. Soon I was praying to God to just not let me stop and get stuck and PLEASE not let me slide into the ditch. Eventually, without saving much on the travel time, if anything, we arrived at my friend’s house. The kids exited the vehicle and wasted no time describing to my wife the intense coating of gravel, MUD, and overall disgraced look of the tattered vehicle. There was mud and grime caked everywhere. You’d think we just finished an off road race.

I apologized to my girl and a few days later cleaned the Chevy up with a hose and followed with a car wash… but boy did i feel foolish.

Staying on track with our faith is not different than that drive. But we have to LISTEN and PRACTICE and stay disciplined.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Faith in God is an everyday life. It’ s a daily, and even minute by minute life. Imprinting His Word on our hearts that we may IMPRESS them on our children. Talk about your faith at home and in public that everyone you know, knows your Power in God and your resting on HIS WAY. Listening to those around us keeps us on track and more so making our disciplines of faith consistent and ALL PRESENT ensures we have them to lean on when the storms come. And they will come. Take this morning to re-visit your standing with CHRIST and thank Him for the new life He blesses us with. Practice, and preach, and practice and preach that we may ensure our faith for those that follow us. 

Author: Brenden Kurtz

Kingdom now. A Life interrupted by the Great I am. Project love unto others, both known and unknown, & to elevate one's attitude and aptitude. www.barnabasman.com

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