I grew up a enormous fan of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. When most of my mates had been into ‘Morecambe and Wise’, the Two Ronnies or Small and Significant, I would be watching and laughing out loud as Stan and Ollie got themselves into a single ‘fine mess’ soon after yet another.
Developed at a time exactly where smashing stuff up, public brawling and guys wearing knitted socks and complete-length gowns in bed was all the rage, their films went on to be compulsive viewing for our kids as quickly as they could open their eyes and concentrate. The years of dedication in this very important region of parenting has meant that when the family members collect, we’re never ever far from yet another viewing of a single of Hal Roach’s popular productions. 1 such occasion occurred just the other evening, soon after a day spent contemplating a big garage bill to retain the family members automobile on the road. Our youngest son James could see I was a tiny preoccupied and recommended we place a film on. Randomly we chose a classic (for me, most of them fall into that category). Me and My Pal tells the story of Oliver’s wedding to oil baron Peter Cucumber’s daughter. You can appreciate why she might’ve been very eager to marry with a surname like that! Anyway, whilst waiting for the taxi to take them to the ceremony, Oliver and his very best man Stanley turn out to be absorbed in a jigsaw puzzle, Stanley’s wedding present to Oli. Sooner or later the taxi driver, the butler, a policeman and a messenger boy all get involved with the puzzle, whilst Cucumber fumes as he awaits the lengthy overdue groom.
So normally there is a ‘jigsaw puzzle’ that gets far also substantially of my focus. Ordinarily it is a device (telephone, laptop, tablet and so on.) checking social media, playing a game or watching yet another YouTube clip. Other occasions it will be an unfinished job about the home. There is even the ‘jigsaw’ of just performing ‘stuff’ for other folks and losing sight of what is basically significant.
For Oliver, a jigsaw distracted him from what must have been a single of the most significant events of his life. For us, objects that distract us from Jesus, the most significant concentrate of our lives, are all about us. If we think that Jesus is our Captain (Code #1) but shed sight of Him or if we begin attempting to steer the ship ourselves sooner or later we’re going to be off course. And that indicates off course in the path of sin, missed possibilities, and missed blessings.
Jesus told His followers that spiritual distraction starts with “…hearts that have grown dull, ears that are tough of hearing, and eyes that are closed” (Matt. 13:15). Utilizing the illustration of a farmer scattering seed, Jesus compared the seed that fell amongst thorns to a individual who hears God’s Word but whose heart is focused on other factors. “The cares of this planet and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful” (v.22).
When we get critical about following Jesus the enemy piles up the distractions. He invites us to invest even far more time on a ‘jigsaw’, soon after all, what harm can it do? Is it time to concentrate your heart, eyes and ears back on Jesus your Captain? Is it time to trust Him to steer the ship and stick to Him wherever and what ever He calls you to?
Jigsaws in and of themselves are fine, so of course is a spot of Laurel and Hardy to get you chuckling, but let’s be guys who are distracted by Jesus, not from Him.
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