On any given weekend of Football season the game does not begin until the coin toss. The official, looking at the Captain's of each team gives the choice to the visiting team, Heads or Tails?
Of course this is not the only time this happens as we have adopted the coin flip as a way of making small bets, choosing first, deciding whose turn it is to take the dare, or even whether or not to accept a deal. It is a chance we take with 50/50 odds that it will go our way and as that coin twirls in the air there is an exciting anticipation of the outcome.
When you think of it, people who avoid the will of God live life as a coin flip, never really knowing what the end result will be. Certainly when we are headstrong and full of pride we act as if that is the way we will always live life. It is exciting as long as we don't tap out or as we call it, hit bottom. It is only then for some of us that we look to follow the head instead of virtually being dragged around by our tail.
So why flip a coin with the only life we have and why not follow the one who is inscribed on the coin "In God We Trust"? For our purpose in this message, look at the head as the angel sitting on your right shoulder encouraging you to do the right thing, and the tail, sitting on your left shoulder as the rep of Satan whose sole purpose is to get you to do wrong.
How many times have we said, "the devil made me do it" when in reality we just lost the coin toss, sometimes over and over again. Tired of losing and being in the wrong place at the wrongest time? (sorry I just made that word up for blog purposes of course!). Think of this part of a very important step:
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God........
And if we are in conscious contact we will avoid the toss and listen to the boss, "go this way, do that thing and you will see my blessing". No guessing, look in the direction of the blessing. If we pray in our own quiet time and meditate on his word of truth, the way to the will of God will be illuminated in our heart and soul.
He says so, I am the way, the truth and the light...., and I might add, no coin toss necessary
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.