Can you avoid the big crisis?
There I sat in the emergency room. My wife sat next to me, looking very concerned. A dull but pronounced pain was squeezing my chest. Was this a heart attack? Once I was checked into the hospital, I was sorry I had come. They took me through the mill, keeping me for twenty-four hours, performing one test after another.
My heart turned out to be healthy in all, but the doctors put me on medication. “Just a ‘baby’ dose that you will need to take from now on” is what the nurse told me.
After the shock, I began to reason with myself. What do I prefer, to endure a little pain every morning exercising or to one day end up in the hospital with doctors fighting for my life? I decided to pay the price for health in small installments. Since then, I run and exercise almost every day and have found the rewards to be tremendous. This principle applies to every area of our lives.
Nobody has ever planned to have a major heart attack – ending up in the hospital with surgeons fighting for their lives. No one has planned for divorce when they were standing at the altar saying, “I do.”
I have discovered that we must choose to pay the small daily installments or we will face spiritual bankruptcy in one form or other.
We can choose to be accountable before we fall into deep moral sin.
We can choose to spend time in prayer before we descend into irreversible carnality.
We can choose to spend the time reading the Word of God and meditating before deception has a chance to take us to Jonestown (where 800 deceived people committed suicide).
We can choose to make the small daily investments in our marriage before our spouse walks out the door.
Which area of your life is headed for a huge crisis?
You will have to choose between the smaller price of discipline or the huge crisis later.
Make the small daily payments of time with our precious Savior and with the loved ones HE has given us.
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. ‘Make level paths for your feet,’ so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed” (Hebrews 12:11-13).