Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Back to basics
At the end of each year I go back to basics to make sure I haven't wandered from the truth of what I believe. Part of the basics for me is reading certain passages of scripture to recalibrate, to focus once more on what is essential.
Years ago Vince Lombardi did the same thing after a bad loss to an opponent. He began his speech to his team with these famous words, "Gentlemen, this is a football."
We have to constantly revisit basics because, without meaning to do so, we wander from truth and the main messages of scripture. Back to basics for me involve rereading Ecclesiastes, Romans, Philippians, a passage from Mark 12 and a passage in Luke 6. There is much more that will refocus me, but these are the essentials.
This morning let me focus on the passage in Mark because it is the most important, the essential truth of living in this world. Here it is,