November 7th, 2017 – DEVOTE

A couple of weeks ago, when we had our first snow, one of our trees broke off about 30 feet up and came crashing down. It’s happened before without any damage, but this time we had some trouble.

As the tree came down, a big branch from the top broke off, and came crashing through the roof of my workshop. It pierced the tin roof and sheathing like it were a piece of paper. But it didn’t stop there either. Upon impact another branch broke off, sliding down the roof and went through the window of my van. It didn’t take much to figure out what happened. All you had to do was look at the branches sticking out of the roof and the window.

I went to get some replacement tin, but was told it would be a couple of weeks before it came, as it was special order. However, it came within a few days and this last Saturday I climbed up on the roof, replaced the sheathing and the tin roof needed.

Now I want you to know, I’m not really keen on heights. I’m not afraid of heights at all. I do have a heightened sense of awareness though, as to where the ground is and how fast I might hit it if I make the wrong decision if you know what I mean?

I remember thinking as I climbed my ladder, hoisting a piece of tin up with me, “Be careful. Take your time. Don’t fall! Remember, it’s not the falling that hurts… it’s the landing!” I probably told myself that a dozen times.

I was just about finished. I had only a couple of screws to put in as I edged my way to the top crest when it happened. I slipped on the cold, wet tin. Since I was close to the top, I reached out and grabbed the top crown, preventing me from going any further. I stopped. Took a deep breath. Gathered my thoughts. Finished screwing the tin down and then carefully and swiftly got off that roof!

So why do I tell you that harrowing story? You got it… it came to mind after I read these words from Scripture…
“Be careful about the way you live and about what you teach. Keep on doing this, and you will save not only yourself but the people who hear you.” 1 Timothy 4:16 CEV

This was the advice of the older, more experienced, seasoned, Apostle Paul, to his young intern, Timothy. Paul knew that it only took one slip in judgment… one misstep in character… one indiscretion… one mouthed blunder, to ruin an entire ministry.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Watch your step. Be careful. Your life and the life of others watching you are on the line. Live for Jesus every day. Live as if He’s with you every moment of every day. Protect your witness and guard your faith. Keep doing this and you will save not only yourself, but the people who hear you and see you.

Guard my every step this day. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen