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Don’t Let Life Wear You Down

Ask God to help you with what is wearing on you. He's transformed your heart already, and He wants to keep delivering you.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 7:8, ” For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men – the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do. “

Background

In an episode of the television show M*A*S*H, Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele makes a visit to the hospital unit to review the troops and assess their situation. Shortly into his visit, it becomes quite apparent to all that the General is loony. Believing that Hawkeye is a civilian news reporter, Steele requests that he contact his wife upon his return to the states and inform her that the dried prunes she sent him are working, and that he is sending her a jeep for her birthday in a large crate marked ” kitchen utensils. ” After noticing a discarded wooden tongue depressor on the ground, General Steele declared it to be military equipment that should be cleaned up and used again. He also was pleased with the design of a four-man latrine, seeing the opportunity it offered for the men to encourage one another. And upon hearing the amount of fuel it takes to transport wounded soldiers from the front to the hospital by helicopter, the General becomes obsessed with moving the defenseless outfit closer to the battle lines. Lost on the General in all of his misguided changes is the fact that this M*A*S*H unit was a deeply committed, highly successful group of doctors and nurses who functioned as one in achieving the highest success rate of any hospital in the army. His drive to save a dollar in gas or a nickel on tongue depressors totally missed the bigger picture of their purpose of saving lives.

Application

I had been in a funk recently where everything I saw that was not exactly as I preferred was a point of aggravation and irritation. I wanted pitchers washed and cups put away and my traditions met, and I had completely lost any sense of relative importance and a higher calling. The little piece of sand in my shoe had become the most important thing in the world. Oh, I had tried to change it myself and succeeded for about two minutes. So I asked God to help me, and help me He did. He moved in my spirit. The lesser became less, and the important once again was. He cares about the burr that may be in your saddle, but He mostly cares that you don’t care too much about it, for He cares for you.

Charge

As we seek Him today, ask God to help you with what is wearing on you. He’s transformed your heart already, and He wants to keep delivering you.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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