Rat Race


I love watching the crazy commercials that are on T.V. these days. There is one where all these men are in suits and ties but they all have their heads stuck in the dirt. ( I guess they are all supposed to be ostriches or something.) Then all of a sudden one of them pops his head out of the dirt and starts a mad dash toward ( I am not sure just what or where he thinks he is going) the mountain.

Then just as quickly the rest of the men pop their heads out of the dirt and the race is on to get to the end. They are all trying to beat each other. You don’t see where they are racing to but they are doing their best to be the winner. (They don’t even see the end they only want to be the first one to get “there”.)

Then the camera pans to a man that is on top of the mountain with binoculars watching the mad dash. You finally see where all the others are running at breakneck speed to. It is to a giant drop off like the Grand Canyon. At the speed they are running they will all go over the edge to their demise.

The guy with the binoculars just shakes his head and heads back to his home on the top of the mountain. He doesn’t make a move to help or call out to stop this terrible race. ( I think, but I am not sure the commercial is about investing. I don’t watch them for the product but to watch them to see how silly they can be.)

This commercial got me to thinking about so many people today. They don’t seem to want to know the truth but are willing to follow the crowd, any crowd, to where ever they are headed. Not just follow but race to the edge of the cliff.

I don’t want to be like the  man with the binoculars and watch so many people race to the end of their lives and never share the saving grace of God with them. I don’t want to be on top of the mountain safe and sound but never share how to get there. I want to share with them what a wonderful, loving Father we have.

I need to come down from the safety of the mountain top and share with all that will listen, that God loves them no matter what they have done. We all fall short. We all have sinned. He died so that we might have life and live free from racing with the crowd. We don’t have to be the same as anyone. We don’t have to run in the rat race to destruction. We don’t have to be perfect. We just need to ask for forgiveness and receive salvation.

Just as Joshua told the Israelite’s, “As for me and  my house we will serve the LORD.”

Are you racing toward the drop off?

There is a much better race to run.

Skip the rat race and run the race with God.

Let him direct your path.


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