A man answered a challenge to ride a remote control bull.
He got on and started to ride. He thought he was doing pretty well, getting jolted this way and that. It had twelve levels so he was a bit shocked to learn that he had only managed to navigate level one!
The operator had given him some advice. “Stay centred.” Perhaps easier said than done, but if he didn’t do it, he would be toast—quickly.*
Stay centred. That, my friends, is advice for each and every one of us today in this crazy world. We may not be riding a remote control bull, but it sure feels like it!
We literally do not know what tomorrow will hold, or the day after that, or the years ahead. Frantic and reckless folly abounds. But what we do know is that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). So let us “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
How are you spending your days?
—ANOTHER GOSPEL? – My latest podcast is an engaging interview with best-selling author Alisa Childers. Her book caught my attention when it was recommended by Lee Strobel. It’s called “Another Gospel? A lifelong Christian seeks truth in response to Progressive Christianity.” In short, that’s a movement which seeks to redefine or radically reinterpret historic, biblical truths that flow from the heart of the loving God. Sound concerning? It is. Click here to listen, or look for ‘The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan’ wherever you subscribe to podcasts: iTunes (Apple), Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or TuneIn.
–*John Ortberg, Soul Keeping: Caring for the most important part of you (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014), 102-3.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.