Friday, December 2, 2016

Are You in Idle Today?

As a child and teen, I remember my mother always going out in the winter and warming the car up for about 10-15 minutes before we went anywhere.  She did this to get the windows clear of frost and ice and also to have a toasty warm car to get into.  I have done this too with any car I have owned.

However, I have since discovered that this is one of those things that the newer cars do not need.  In fact, you can be causing more damage than good by allowing your car to idle in cold weather.   Idling can actually cause more wear and tear on your car than getting in and just starting out slowly on snowy, cold days.

Are you in idle today?  Is your motor on, but you are stuck in place?  One of the definitions of idle is being without purpose or effect; pointless.  Have you forgotten the purpose of your life?  Are you ineffective in your relationships?

The first week in Advent is always focused on hope.  We often discuss the hope that the prophets foretold in the birth of Christ.  We talk about the hope that the Israelites had in the coming Messiah.  We rejoice in the hope we have in Christ.

I Peter 1:3 ~ 

"Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is so good, and by raising Jesus from death, he has given us new life and a hope that lives on."

The hope that we receive in Christ should actually cause us to move forward.  We are to have hope that keeps us focused on the future, and not on the past.  Hope is forward thinking.  It is the settling knowledge that God is in control of all things and that He works all things out for the good of those who believe in Him.  

Have you forgotten that you have a living hope?  Are you focusing on past and present mistakes?  Are you stuck at a point in time where you keep reliving failures and disappointments?

Look forward!  Be hopeful!  Keep your eyes focused ahead!

As we head into the Christmas season, remember the wonderful hope that we have in Jesus.  Realize the wonderful work He is doing in and through you.  Lift up your head and keep moving forward.

Don't stay idle!  Surge ahead, and be joyful in the knowledge that you have Hope in Christ.