One of my greatest friends in the entire world is Odis Walker. In the late
1920s, Odis was a barefoot paperboy turned pool shark in Austin, Texas. Then he married a good woman who turned him in the right direction. Hes been a shepherd in Gods church for about 35 years and owns several tire dealerships in South Texas. My guess is hes made a lot of money in his lifebut I know hes given most of it away in ways that glorify God.
For my part, Odis has two irresistible traits: He loves to talk about the
Word and his walk with the masterand he always buys me lunch when we eat and talk together. One day as I was eating on Odis tab he slipped me an article clipped from the magazine, Nations Business. It was a list of informal guidelines from an Army colonel to new military officers. The colonels first few tips gave me a chuckle.
- If its stupid but works, it isnt stupid.
- If your attack is going extremely well, its an ambush.
- Anything you do can get you shot, including doing nothing.
- If the enemy is in range, so are you.
I thought with a little imagination these guidelines could apply to the
church and things spiritual.
I read onand one of his tips hit me right between the eyes. It required no imagination or creativity to see how it related to us and our service to the Father. The colonel said, The important things are always simple; the simple things are always hard; the easy way is always mined.
Just look at all the important things Jesus showed us by his example. He
loved all people unconditionally. Thats simple. Doesnt even require a high school education. But theres nothing harder to practice. Just try it the next time you come in contact with someone who doesnt deserve your love.
The important things are always simple; the simple things are always hard; the easy way is always mined.
Jesus unselfishly gave himself to other people. Gave up Heaven to come to
earth. Became the servant of all as he died on the cross. Take up your cross and follow me, he said. He said that was one of the most important things you could do. Now thats simpleserving others requires no complex plan. But hard? You bet.
Now that Ive got you started thinking, you can go on and on. Go ahead. Ransack the Bible and look for important actions and attitudes that are
stressed. Note how simple they are. Then consider how difficult these simple
But while your head spins as you think of these simple, difficult things,
consider the alternative. As the colonel said, The easy way is always mined. Jesus put it this way: The gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction. (Matthew 7:13,14) If we have Heaven as our goal, and Jesus is our Lord, the simple, difficult way is the only way to go.