Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Via Distraction

Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. Proverbs 4:27

If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9:23

In Jerusalem, Israel the Via Dolorosa is the “Way of Suffering.” It is a crowded, uphill pathway that Jesus is said to have walked from His place of trial to His place of crucifixion. In 2,000 years, some things have not changed. Crowds still line the noisy path. But today, instead of angry mockers, they are vying vendors.

I kept looking around thinking, "This is my life. Everyday I walk the sacred steps of Jesus and everyday my steps are pulled with constant distraction."

Deny the Distractions.
If you walk this sacred road, you are a target. Distractions are everywhere from beginning to end, left and right. So much temptation surrounds us to "scan, shop, socialize," etc. The issue was not to deny shopping, it was to deny distraction. Denial of self is not suffering, it is salvation.

As with my life's journey: the place is the venue, the purpose is the value. The first focus is Jesus, the following focus is people. The first focus is my freedom, the following focus is their freedom. Often all in the same moment.

Take up my Cross.
"Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies." 2 Corinthians 4:10 Every day I am called to take up my cross – in confession and conviction, never condemnation. Sin's suffering is a cross that I already carry in me through the sacrifice of Jesus. His cross drags through my daily moments and encounters.

Whatever our day may bring, whether or not there's suffering, we all carry the cross inside and we all face the pulls of life.

Follow Me.
As we walked, we had to keep our heads down and our ears in tune to our guide’s voice. Exactly like following in His steps today: keep humbled, hear His voice, walk as He guides.

Every day is a Path. Every turn is a distraction. Every step is a choice: Daily desire, denial, and deliverance. Until stone turns to gold, Blood flows as I follow.

Enjoy Him, Michelle


Anonymous said...

Proud of you! Loved it. Loved the title too - Via true!
Good word, girl! - C.M.

SEConsultingInc said...

This is a timely post. As I struggle with distractions in my own life... I must remember as you wrote that I need to keep myself in tune with my "guide's voice" and it is literally a step by step decision.

Love you Michelle... keep allowing God to pour through you!

DD said...

"Every day is a Path. Every turn is a distraction. Every step is a choice"…
beautiful! beautiful! beautiful!
"via Distraction"
Thank you!

Debbie Griffith said...

I love my Michelle friend! This is "right on": "The issue was not to deny shopping, it was to deny distraction. Denial of self is not suffering, it is salvation.' Ah...recognizing the self-addict in ourselves is the bugger. But freedom from walking in obedience, denying self-Salvation has come. As always so scholarly and good. I always love it most when I relate to to something person, ie. shopping. Love you,