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by Tom Norvell


    One of the places I like to jog is a trail behind a church not far from our home. The trail is a peaceful place with trees along three sides and a playground on the fourth. Inside the track is a ball field and a lush green field guarded by “Please Keep Off the Grass” signs. There is seldom anyone else on the track when I’m there, which allows me to make my five or six laps without bothering, or being bothered, by anyone.

    One day while making the first turn, I noticed that the actual gravel covered trail makes a pretty sharp, almost ninety-degree, turn to the left. Apparently, like myself, several others have literally rounded the corner. To save three or four steps (which can be a lot when you feel like you cannot take one more step) walkers and runners have cut the corner so often that the alternative route looks like it is as popular as the real trail. As I found myself cutting the corner on every lap I began to think that there are times when I’m glad we can cut corners, and times when I’m glad we don’t cut corners. (If you jog you understand why I think about things like this.)

    I’m glad I can cut the corner when I’m late for an appointment. I’m glad I can cut the corner on certain golf holes. I’m glad when I can cut corners in finishing a project. Sometimes cutting corners is a good thing

Sometimes cutting corners is not such a good idea.
    There are other times when cutting corners is not such a good idea. If you are playing golf and cutting the corner means going over the trees, and you are not sure you can get over the trees, don’t cut the corner. If you are cooking a meal and run out of an important ingredient please don’t cut corners. If you are my dentist and think you can drill a little deeper without deadening the nerve, please don’t cut the corner. If you are my doctor and see something on an x-ray, but decide you can cut a corner to save me time and money, I’m not so sure I want you to cut corners. If you are building my house please don’t cut too many corners.

    Spiritually, there are not many situations in which you will want to cut corners. Don’t cut corners when it comes to loving God. He said, “Love me with your all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” Don’t be cutting corners when it comes to prayer. He said, “Pray without ceasing.” Don’t cut corners when it comes to sharing the Good News. He said, “Go into all the world and make disciples.” Don’t cut corners when it comes to your relationship with the Lord. He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.”

    When you are jogging and find a corner that will save you a few steps, it is probably all right to cut the corner. When it comes to your spiritual life, you will do well to stay on the true path, even though it may not be as wide or well-traveled. It’s the one path on which you don’t want to cut corners!

      © 2002, Tom Norvell. Used by permission. A Norvell Note is a weekly email message from Tom Norvell. Check it out!

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      Author: Tom Norvell
      Publication Date: May 30, 2002


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