Shortcuts

thA few days ago after my bike ride, I followed a distinguished looking, middle age gentleman from the parking lot of the “Y” into the lobby. Three feet before the sidewalk made a 90 degree turn toward the entrance, the man took a shortcut by stepping through the grass and then back onto the sidewalk to continue his journey. His shortcut saved him a couple of steps and contributed to a path that was already worn in the grass. Apparently having very little on my mind at the time, I wondered why he had done that. Since he was carrying a gym bag I assumed he was going to the “Y” to work out. Why save a few steps if he had the energy to do cardio or pump iron?

Why does the rest of humanity also sometimes cut corners? That is how paths get started and not only in the grass, but also in our lives. Thinking back on some of the shortcuts I’ve taken, I can’t recall it ever resulting in anything positive. But I sure remember times that corner cutting came back to bit me in the rear end. Any way you slice it, cutting corners is nothing but slacking off. It is giving less than 100%. It is choosing to do less than our best.

One of my favorite verses from Scripture addresses that very issue. “Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done…” (Galatians 6:4 LB).

Yikes!  I just had a horrible thought!  What if Jesus had been a corner cutter?

Something to Think About

Part 1 UNSCREWED – Becoming Whole Again

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