>> Monday, May 27, 2013
It seemed like any other normal day. Driving home from work down a city street, I glanced to my right and saw a man walking on the sidewalk. Suddenly he stopped in mid-stride. At that moment a squirrel emerged from under some bushes and slowly started across the street in front of me.
That’s odd. He must be afraid of squirrels.
That’s when I realized the squirrel was black with a white stripe. I froze in mid-drive … slamming on my brakes. At four o’clock in the afternoon, a skunk crossed the street in front of me and calmly walked into the yard of the first house.
If I knew who lived there, I would call and warn them about who just came to visit. But I’m not walking to the front door.
I headed home. The man resumed his walk.
As I drove, I thought about life. Some activities may look innocent … like a squirrel … from a distance. Sometimes … like a child … one may not know the difference between a squirrel and a skunk. As we dabble in an unknown, we may be in danger of being sprayed with a very unpleasant odor.
If we observed a child chasing a black and white “kitty”, we would immediately reach out to rescue them. What about those around us who are involved in unsavory activities … making unwise choices? Do we caution them? Would they thank us?
Or … like a child denied its “kitty” … would they lash out?
Do we try anyway? Is it our responsibility? Or do we wait for the consequences … the unpleasant odor … to assault our nostrils?
“None of this going off and doing your own thing. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense.” Colossians 3:16 (MSG)