Thursday, June 4, 2015

Life is Too Short

Scripture Texts: John 9:1-17; Psalm 31

There they are, Jesus and the disciples are making their way through the streets of the city when they come across a man who is blind. They ask what seems like a strange question, "Who sinned the man or his parents?" Strange to us, yet a common and understandable question for the days of Jesus. Many thought if you had a physical ailment it was due to sin in your life.

Jesus quickly redirects the conversation. The issue is not who sinned rather this is a moment for the power of God to be seen in a tangible way. Jesus also adds, life is too short to be worrying about what caused the situation. More important to Jesus was the opportunity to show grace, love, and power in the moment.

There are times it is good to discover the root cause of something, there are also times when it is better to act and not be as concerned with the cause. If we are to come across someone who is drowning we must act to save them, not sit there and ponder what could have happened that caused them to be in the situation, and why they are not able to swim. Life is too short and too precious to spend the time at the point of greatest and obvious need.

In the midst of marriage there are times when things are not going as well as they could be. If you are married and have not experienced such times you are either extra blessed or your time has not yet come. In times of struggle it is a human tendency to begin blaming the other person, or trying to figure out what has caused the challenging situation. There are times when we need to do a little diagnosis work before acting. There are also time when we need to act and then diagnose.

Life is to short to spend all our time analyzing, especially if the remedy to the situation is obvious. It is easy to wonder if the disciples would have spent the better part of the day debating about the origin of the blindman's blindness. Jesus cuts through the debate to take action. There is a time and place for debate and investigation. There is also a time for action. All too often we get the proportion wrong and spend all our time discussing when life is to short to not act.

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