Have you ever found yourself running full tilt in the wrong direction? Maybe you were well aware it was the wrong direction, but just didn’t know how to change course.
Often people end up on the crazy train of drugs and alcohol, living the good life of one party after another. This is the wrong direction that is portrayed in this video set to the song Slow Down by Third Day.
Even if you’ve avoided or escaped the wrong direction of the party life, you may still be headed the wrong way. Maybe you don’t even realize it’s the wrong direction. Maybe it’s the direction the world has told you is the right way.
Are you on the busy treadmill of putting all your effort into climbing the corporate ladder and making more and more money? Have you be amassing material wealth and possessions, along with the credit card debt that goes with it?
Are you putting all your energy into doing all you can for your church, volunteering for multiple jobs and committees, trying to earn your way into God’s good graces? Have you been amassing guilt at not quite measuring up?
There are so many roads that we barrel down like our lives and happiness depend upon it. But they only lead us away from our God who loves us and who wants us to be in an intimate relationship with Him.
I think of the story of when Jesus was attending a dinner at the house of His friends Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. Martha was upset because she was running full-steam ahead doing all of the work to prepare the dinner while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to His every word. When Martha complained to Jesus, “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 (NIV).
The treadmill of life will wear you down and separate you from God if you try to go it alone. But if you call on God to help you to slow down and find the right way, He will always answer.