TAKING SHORTCUTS

Don’t you love shortcuts?  At some point in our lives, we have all tried them.  And of course, if one is available, why not?  They are amazing!  Naturally, we want things to be easier, faster and better, but shortcuts don’t guarantee success.

Near the end of a two day drive from Fort Worth, Texas I decided to take a shortcut.  I was only fifty or sixty miles from home, but after covering over one thousand miles, I just wanted to get there.  The sky was dark and rain threatened, so the shortcut sounded like a good idea.  Decision made, I left Interstate 10, and started cross country. Whether or not I missed a turn I do not know, but only a few miles into this adventure, I found myself on an unpaved road.  Not only was it unpaved but it was muddy and full of ruts.  The wind was boisterous, and before I knew it, I was attacked by an army of Tumbleweeds, some of them nearly as high as the car.

Tumbleweeds are plants that flourish in dry regions (Arizona).  Some grow to be more than 6 feet tall.  They are tumbled or blown about by the wind, and where there is one there is a battalion.  Swerving time after time to miss the onslaught, I was fortunate to avoid an accident.  Then the rain came in torrents, and those final miles home took twice as long as the ordinary route.  So much for my shortcut!

In my Home Economics Class in High School, I remember taking other shortcuts.  My Mother had taught me to sew on her old treadle sewing machine when I was eight.  By the time I was a teen, I was making some of my own clothes.  So, I didn’t have time for all the steps required by my sewing teacher nor, I thought, did I need them.  

After cutting out my dress, it was necessary to pin all the seams together, and baste (sew) them by hand before I could sew them on the machine.  I couldn’t be bothered by all that, so I pinned, and sewed, leaving out the basting.  My teacher was very unhappy with me.  Actually my dress turned out beautifully, but not my grade.  By taking a short cut, I forfeited an “A,” and I never did like “B’s.”

Someone has said, “If you take shortcuts, you get cut short.” 

I have come to believe that.  Short cuts may seem profitable in the short term, but there are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.

Short cuts are human nature.  We painstakingly seek out the shortest route from point A to point Z, without considering the consequences. Then we look for loopholes in order to justify our actions.  We deliberately take actions that can, and ultimately will cause harm to us.  Why are we willing to risk it all to save time?  Can a few minutes or a few hours be that important?  Think of it!  If seven billion people on this earth take short cuts, it’s easy to see why so many bad things happen each day.

We cut corners because it is easy.  “Why make your bed, when no one sees it?”  The belief that we can rely on shortcuts to happiness, joy, rapture, comfort and prosperity leaves a multitude of people, rich or poor, starving spiritually.  For shortcuts not only cause physical harm, but also mental anguish, disruption of life, and family stress.

Someone has said, “All of life is like a dress rehearsal.”  We are all being watched.  The old song says, “There’s an all seeing eye watching you.”  God sees and weighs our actions.  He tests us to see how responsible we really are.  Our lives are a simple conglomerate of all the little things we do each day.  How we do the small things is, inevitably, how we do the big things.

We may risk shortcuts on the job, or in every day chores, but there is no shortcut to a relationship with God or the gift of eternal life with Him.

Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”  

Isaiah 30: 21 tells us, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.”

Matthew 7:13-14 carefully describes the way, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

In His Word, God is saying to us, “No matter how hard you try, your own way will not work.  It will only lead to death.  I show you my way.  When you are tempted to go this way or that way, walk in my way.  The gate is narrow and the way will be difficult, but it leads to life everlasting.  

Don’t look for shortcuts to God.

Be assured.  He will always be there to support and encourage you to make the right choices.

REMEMBER THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROW!