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October 19, 2014, 8:00 PM


So I tripped the other day. Now all you 60's and 70's kids, not THAT kind of tripping..... 

No I actually tripped and fell. I was walking through the woods with a friend. He had led the way along the trail in, and as we started to make our way out, I said something about not being sure I could find my way back to the road. He immediately said, "Then you lead and I'll follow." So I started back the way I believed to be right. We were making great progress, and I was actually quite proud of myself. We made our way across the creek without anyone falling in, and started up the bank on the other side. I was looking out ahead to see where the path was, not paying much attention to where I was walking, and it happened. I picked up my left foot and the toe of my boot caught on a stone I didn't see, and down I went.  Nothing injured, except maybe my pride. I got up quickly and we continued down the path and very soon arrived back at the road.

I've been thinking about that "tripping moment" a bit over the past few days. I tend to be a person that is always looking ahead - searching for the path forward, dreaming and envisioning where life could go in the days and months ahead. That means sometimes I am not as aware of current realities as I could (maybe should) be. Other people live life very aware of current realities, always very well grounded and in touch with the now, but find it hard to see beyond where they are and catch a glimpse of what could be. Which approach to life is the best one?

In our home we live by a particular beatitude. It's initial clause was authored by the greater part of the Janz partnership (that would be Betsy): "Blessed are the balanced..." and then I added part B: "for peace and contentment shall be theirs." I think it's a pretty good way to tackle life. We  need to be aware of BOTH where we're headed and where we are. At times, vision will play the dominant role in our circumstances, and at other times we'll need to stay grounded in the present so as not to jeopardize the future. How do we know when to operate from which place? Well that's where the gift of wisdom comes into play. Proverbs 2 says wisdom comes as a gift from God, given in response to seeking God in his Word. The more we seek God in his Word, the more tuned into God's presence always at work around us we'll be, and the easier it will become to know when to focus on the path ahead, and when to pay attention to the stones on the path in front of us. Balance is achieved as God's wisdom operates optimally in every moment of our days. 

Amazing what one can learn from falling flat on their face, huh? As always...

Keep Lookin' Up!

Pastor D.


10-21-2014 at 5:06 AM
Sharon Chandler
Another great blog!! AND how I relate--one year ago I was "lost" in our woods when the CA "kids" were here--by myself when I left them to return home. NEVER again--stay with your guide--God will see us "home."
10-20-2014 at 5:12 PM
Shannon Hoffman
It's amazing how sometimes the simplest things can make the biggest impact. This was a very well - written reminder of that. Thank you!
10-20-2014 at 2:00 PM
Dick Shaner
Good observation. Wonder how many would not have fallen if they just kept track of where they were about to go. God bless.
10-20-2014 at 10:28 AM
Sandy Homer
Thank you,I needed to hear that.
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