When you take a stroll along a path and suddenly, ingloriously find yourself planted face down in the dirt, why did you fall? Was it inattention, moving too fast for the terrain, a lack of adequate knowledge of where you were going, or perhaps it was too dark to see the hazards ahead? The fall is always painful in some way; sometimes, real injuries are the result. It is never a good thing, and we all get to experience the event from time to time.


Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.

Jude 24, 25


When I am navigating my way through my day, the presence of tripping hazards seems guaranteed; they will be there, and they often seem to emerge as if from out of the ground. I have a bad habit of walking rapidly toward someplace, even someplace very familiar, and thinking about an entirely different time, place, and situation than the one that I am in. Suddenly, some part of my body, usually my knee or my forehead, will collide with a solid object like a table or a cabinet door; this is startling and painful, and it makes me feel really silly, too. As painful as this is, it is much worse when the collision is with a relationship or a moral or ethical value; unfortunately, this sort of collision is also way too real to me.


In order to avoid as many of these trip and fall incidents as possible, it is important for me to maintain clear and steady focus, to keep my life as debris and confusion free as is possible, and to allow the brightest of light the opportunity to shine on me and on my travels. I need to orient my mind and my heart toward Jesus; like that satellite dish on the roof, when I turn toward Him, I receive input and insight on everything that life brings my way, and I am directed through the day by the loving Spirit of God. What a wonderful partnership that is!

this day with you.


Let Jesus, the Christ, into your heart, into your mind, and let His brightest of all lights shine on your path today. Recognize Him for who He is, and seek His guidance and direction; He will take every step of this day with you.