I think my whole life, I always wanted to live life on the edge. I don’t really know why, it just didn’t seem all that fun if there wasn’t a little danger or some shock value. I know some of you are the same exact way. When we met, it was a time in both of our lives that we were just getting out from under our parents roofs. It seemed like every day, we had to push (or even pull sometimes) each other a little closer to the edge. It was a constant battle of one-upping each other. It was some of the most fun I’d ever had, but neither of us had any concept what would happen if we ever slipped off that edge. Or at least I know I didn’t. I was pretty sure I would never slip…
Almost 20 years later, I realize that everybody slips. I also see that the closer a man is to the edge, the harder the fall will be when he finally does slip. When I fell, I didn’t have anything to break the fall or to grab on the way down. I was offered one way out, the Bible. It was my rope. I could have kept trying to catch myself, but I would have failed. I had gone over the edge. It was Jesus Christ who came into my life and pulled me back up. Actually, He had been in my life all along, I just had to realize that I had to have Him.
I still like living life a little on the edge. That’s one reason I truly love this ministry. I love the chance to be there when someone falls off the edge, and to help guide them to the only thing that can stop their fall. I love knowing that when I slip, I have Christian brothers to help me back up. I don’t think we can stop the slipping, but we can definitely be there to help a brother up when he needs a hand. Just letting someone know they are not alone, and not experiencing anything some of us have already dealt with can change the rest of their life. It can change the lives of their children and so many more people. It is an honor to have that opportunity, and it is also a duty if you consider yourself a follower of Christ. Jesus Christ gives us something to hold onto…He gives Himself.
12) For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13) Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes, and He is the One to whom we are accountable. 14) So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15) This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. 16) So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Hebrews 4:12-16 (NLT)
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