Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Cold comfort

Jeremiah 12:5-6
God Replies to Jeremiah
If you have raced with foot-runners and they have wearied you,
how will you compete with horses?
And if in a safe land you fall down,
how will you fare in the thickets of the Jordan?
For even your kinsfolk and your own family,
even they have dealt treacherously with you;
they are in full cry after you;
do not believe them,
though they speak friendly words to you.

Sometimes
in our meandering through life
we need to hear
the voice of those
who do not agree with us
who will not readily encourage
or go along with
our wallowing 
or self pity.
Those who challenge
and incite us to do better
to "up our game"
those who provoke us
into becoming
better versions of ourselves
more courageous
more daring
the people we need to be
fuelled by the wisdom
of critical friends
and a God who demands
that, occasionally,
we bring our best selves
into the fray.

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