Chappy’s corner “Tough going”

Every Saturday morning at 8 am Ole went golfing with his buddy, Fred, and they played until noon.  But on this Saturday Ole didn’t get home until late at night and he was exhausted. When Lena asked Ole why he was so late Ole replied, “Well after we played the second hole on the golf course Fred had a major heart attack and dropped to the ground.”  Lena replied, “Oh! That is terrible.”  Ole replied” it sure was terrible. I had to hit the ball and drag Fred; hit the ball and drag Fred. It was tough going and that’s why I’m late”

While we may not agree with Ole’s actions we have to admit that he was determined to finish his golf game and he wasn’t going to let anything stop him.  Finishing the job is great unless others are suffering.  At times we need to reexamine what we are doing and determine if that is the best course of action.  Many folks sacrifice time with their loved ones in order to get the job done. Certainly there are times when we must “burn the midnight oil” but if that is our normal routine then how many folks suffer.  What about time with our spouse, our children, grandchildren and parents?  At times we may need to reexamine our priorities.  Being persistent in getting the job done doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take time out to make sure of what we are doing and where we are headed. 

For example a few years ago my wife and I were traveling from Chicago late at night.  We were on I-80 in Iowa and at Des Moines we fueled up and took off headed for Sioux City on I-80, but somehow took the wrong exit and ended up on I-35 headed to Missouri and Kansas City.  We discovered our mistake three hours later and the only thing to do was stop and turn around.  We could have been persistent and stubborn and kept going the wrong way, but it would have been a waste of time.  Sometimes one has to stop and turn around. Sometimes one has to stop and start over.  That is true in traveling and also true in life.

In the bible Jesus said, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is here.”  The word “repent” means “to turn around”. In the military we would call it an “about face”.  Basically it means to go in the other direction.   Jesus was reminding people that just plugging along is not always the way we are to go.  Instead Jesus tells us to consider “What does God want for us?”  The answer is simple. God wants us to be a part of His kingdom and that means having God as our King. It means following God’s way, which is not what we normally do. Instead we tend to follow our own path but that leads us into trouble. To rescue us from ending up lost forever God sent Jesus to save us.   Jesus did that by His suffering and death on the cross. There he paid the price for our salvation so that whoever believes in Jesus as their Savior can have life with God forever.  For Jesus not only died for us He also rose from the dead to give us everlasting life.

Following Christ is not easy. At times we will get off track, but the good news is God is there to get us back and through it all Christ is there for us even when the going gets tough. That’s just my thoughts from this SE corner of South Dakota.

CH (COL) David Gunderson