DayBreaks for 08/15/13 – For Better or Worse
One of the promises that most of us made during our wedding vows was to love our beloved “for better or worse”. This implies a simple recognition of the truth that life isn’t a bed of roses – but that those roses often have thorns attached, and even if the rose itself doesn’t have thorns, someone or something is bound to cause pain at some point or another in our worldly sojourn. There is a “better” and there is a “worse”. Life has taught us all that simple lesson.
Romans 9:22-24 indicates that same principle – In the same way, even though God has the right to show his anger and his power, he is very patient with those on whom his anger falls, who were made for destruction. 23 He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory. 24 And we are among those whom he selected, both from the Jews and from the Gentiles. These verses indicate that there are two types of vessels: those which are objects of mercy and ultimate glory, and others which are only destined for destruction.
In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis put it this way: “The higher a thing is, the lower it can descend…The better stuff a creature is made of – the cleverer and stronger and freer it is – then the better it will be if it goes right, but also the worse it will be if it goes wrong. A cow cannot be very good or very bad; a dog can be either better and worse; a child better and worse still; an ordinary man, still more so; a man of genius, still more so; a superhuman spirit best – or worst – of all.”
As humans, God has imbued us with tremendous power – power for either good or evil. The more opportunity, the greater the blessings of opportunity, intellect, resources and skill that we have – the greater the good or evil that can be done by activity or inactivity. The degradation of Hitler in the Third Reich and the Holocaust was horrible…but was it really that much worse than the inactivity of those who knew what was happening and who stood silently by and did nothing? What if one particular man or woman had stood up and decried what Hitler was doing? Could the tide of history have been changed? Could the bloody river of abortion have been forestalled if more of us stood up and rose to be the “better” rather than sink to become the “worse”?
You have the choice today – for better or worse – what you will do with your opportunities and giftedness. What will you decide?
PRAYER: Lord, we want to be objects for glory, for the “better” and not the worse. Give us wisdom to choose the right path! In Your name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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