C O R R E C T I O N S
"The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice." Proverbs 12:15
Do you remember, as I do, those times in our lives when we were rebellious, hard headed and so caught up in how great we looked or what we had achieved that we were unreachable and unteachable? We thought we had it all together, and if we were involved in addiction, we thought we were superman or woman. If we were raised in a good home, church goers, maybe we thought we were always right.
Me, I was a combination of all the above, but it wasn't until I came to the cross that I realized the depth of my dysfunction at that miraculous junction. That's why I call it Dysfunction Junction, a place where there are direction corrections.
We don't admit we are lost (guys can relate especially to this), but we are, mostly because of pride and arrogance. We become self centered, the universe revolves around our will not God's, and we are all about us. But when life strikes us down, we find getting up is very hard because the same people who were on our bandwagon have abandoned a sinking ship. All about us has become shallow and has no solid ground to stand on.
Then comes a man riding into town on a donkey with humility and a courageous spirit to save the day. That donkey knew the way as did his rider, and later when crucified the Lord said, "forgive them for they know not what they do". Virtually everyone who hung around Jesus or received one of his miracles were thinking in a misguided direction. What could he do for them, how could he lead them out of bondage, how he was going to change their religion, etc. etc. and of course these things are important in life but what was most important?
We, as they did, miss the point often. It is what can I do for him, not what can he do for me. And when we come to realize that fact, our life changes direction dramatically. If we are thinking what can I do for him, the dysfunction junction becomes a clear change of direction toward the will of God. Now we take the advice of His Holy Spirit, not of our seriously flawed thought process.
There were a few other donkeys in the Bible, one in 2 Peter 2:16 who was used for another direction correction. Seems false teachers in their similar pride and arrogance were attempting to influence folks on their own personal god. Follow me for a moment on this. Here is the account of that donkey's use:
"But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey - a beast without speech - who spoke with a man's voice and restrained the prophet's madness."
You are probably laughing now thinking what I am about to say, but I won't say it. What I will say is that if the Lord can use a donkey for his purposes, he can certainly use you and me, even if we have been a fool in the madness of our direction!
(See Psalm 91 for further directions)
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.