Thought for the Day – Tuesday14th July

When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Matthew 8 : 18 – 20

I went through many possible careers as a child, and a couple as a young adult. I would fully commit to showing interest and beginning to explore this new possible career, until I would either lose interest, or something didn’t go as planned. Things would look so good, but then the reality of what I was thinking about doing would slowly creep in, and I would quickly abandon what I thought I was going to do.

There are times in our lives when we rush into something because we are sure we want to do it, or that we should do it. We don’t always realise the full responsibility that comes with what we are taking on in our lives. The teacher of law was fully ready to commit to following Jesus, only for Jesus to let him know that following him isn’t easy. There won’t be a known place to rest at the end of each day.

Jesus doesn’t try to hide that following him isn’t easy. I remember being told that if something is important to you, you will not allow anything to stop you from following that thing. There will be days when following Jesus won’t be easy, but we know the difference it makes in our lives.

Prayer: Gracious Lord, you call us to follow you. You call us to a life of uncertainty. Even when we don’t know what tomorrow will look like, or how to follow your calling in our lives, you love us. Help us to trust in you, to trust in your calling to be your disciples. Amen

Action: Be okay not knowing how every day is going to go.

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