Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The First Things

Tangie and I love our DVR. We hardly ever watch a T.V. show live. We generally record a show and then watch it after the girls have gone to bed. Watching a recorded show this way (versus live) offers two distinct advantages. First, we can cut out the commercials. Unless it's the Super Bowl, commercials just aren't that important. Second, we can rewind the show and do it over if we missed something. The pause function is pretty nice too.

Unfortunately, there are no DVRs in life. Time is linear and there's no going back, fast forwarding or pausing. But wait! We can learn some important life lessons from this silly DVR analogy of mine. Though we cannot skip over the day to day mundane of life (i.e. commercials), we can choose what we fill our time with. Maybe there's some things in your life that you need to cut out to make room for higher things.

Please don't hit the mute button yet!

Unlike a DVR, life offers no do-overs. Or does it? In Revelation 2, Jesus tells the church at Ephesus, "You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first." Maybe your spiritual heart has been on life support for a long time. Maybe you've given up all hope for a renewed, meaningful relationship with Christ. Jesus is asking you to hit the rewind button. With Christ there are do-overs. Revival doesn't require something new in your life. All it takes is getting back to the basics.