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 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. Falling is never a good
thing, and we all get to experience this event from time to time.

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 the light of
Christ 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 Christ. What a
wonderful partnership that is! 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 walk every one of your steps with you today.