Philippians 2:12 (GOD’S WORD Translation) – My dear friends, you have always obeyed, not only when I was with you but even more now that I’m absent. In the same way continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
Ever watched a yo-yo? Up and down – up and down. Round and round! ? Excuse me – round and round?
A skilful player can direct the yo-yo up and down the string with incredible accuracy. The players’ dexterity can bring exclamations of awe from onlookers. Ever tried to ‘work’ a yo-yo? Looks easy doesn’t it? But what goes down does not necessarily want to come up again. Try as you might, it will wander sideways, round and round the string or around your hand, hitting you as it travels in the direction it chooses.
We can be somewhat yoyo-ish ourselves! Sometimes in life, especially before we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour – and sometimes even after we have, we can travel on chaotic pathways through life; trusting unscrupulous people (of course, we didn’t realize they were until it was too late), making bad decisions, choosing unethical lifestyles, the list goes on and on. We become tired and off centre – just like a yoyo in the hands of a novice player. When we become aware that we need to change, we have to look carefully for someone ‘tried and true’, a person who is worthy of our trust, but my dear friends, only God can live up to that expectation – no person is perfect enough.
We can continue in our own direction, doing as we please and sometimes hurting ourselves and those around us, or we can choose the way of complete truth – GOD! We alone can decide to invite Jesus into our lives, if we never have, and surrender (or re-surrender) our lives to His Lordship and in accordance with His direction in His Word, and you know what? He really does make a difference. God’s Word, is a true blueprint of right and wrong – His direction for the path you need to take, to make your life so much better than you can ever imagine. Don’t take my word for it – try it and see! You’ll be glad you did.
Psalm 118:8-9 It is better to trust in the Lord, Than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord, Than to put confidence in princes. (NKJV)
Prayer: Father, we always think that we know better and always find out too late that we are ‘off centre’ because we have chosen wrongly. Please centre us! Focus us! Guide us because only then can we begin to choose wisely, and stop being a yoyo person. In Jesus precious Name, Amen.
Patricia Day (First Posted March 2011)
Author: Author – A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story