Spiritual Couch Potatoes

Sunday, Sept. 7

“You will never stub your toe standing still.”—Charles F. Kettering, well known American inventor. The idea behind this statement is that something useful gets done if we are motivated to do things—despite the risks. We are so prone to protect ourselves. We don’t want to get hurt. We don’t want to be criticized. We don’t want rebuke or defeat. Much of the time, we would prefer to “not get involved.” If the pattern persists in the physical arena, a person virtually retreats from society and becomes a “couch potato.” A couch potato just wants to be entertained. Comfort and ease become the norm. The idea of being productive quietly fades away. I find this to be an issue when I think of witnessing. It’s so easy to crawl back into my shell, to stay in my comfort zone. I become a spiritual couch potato. And my desire to be God’s agent in this world fades away. I don’t really want that to happen. I guess I’d rather have a stubbed toe than to become a spiritual couch potato. I remember Phil. 2:13. “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. I need God to motivate me. I want to get out of my comfort zone. I want to bear fruit. I want to be a good soldier. I want serve God. I want to hear those words one day: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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