February 6, 2012

Dear Friends,

Years ago someone pointed out to me that there are 31 Proverbs. That means that there is one for every day of any month.  I have since been reading the Proverb that corresponds to the day of the month as part of my morning devotions.  This morning, February 6, it was Proverbs 6.  There’s a verse there I hadn’t noticed before:  “Save yourself like a gazelle from the hunter” (6:5). Those who take Dave Ramsey’s 13-week “Financial Peace University” typically reported that the most memorable session is the one about getting out of debt.  If you don’t get serious about getting out of debt, you won’t.  Minimum payments will barely pay the accumulating interest and you will be a slave to your lender until the day you die.  So what Dave Ramsey teaches is “gazelle intensity”.  He shows a film clip of a gazelle being chased by a lion.  (You are the gazelle, the lion is your creditor!)  It’s a harrowing chase, but the gazelle eventually gets away.  However, without “gazelle intensity”, there would have been an ugly ending. My favorite Super Bowl commercial yesterday was the one that had a car racing a cheetah.  The car takes off the instant the cheetah is released from his cage.  The cheetah briefly tries to keep up with the car, realizes he can’t, and then turns and chases the man who opened his cage! People often fail to reach their goals, not because they aren’t trying, but because they aren’t trying hard enough.  They aren’t trying with gazelle intensity.  They are going through the motions.  They aren’t “all in”.  In faith terms, it’s a matter of commitment.  Goethe said, “The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves as well . . . boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.  Begin it now.” Life is too short to sit back and wait for things to happen.  Take the initiative.  Get serious.  Go crazy.  To say it negatively, “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour” (I Peter 5:8).  To say it positively, God is on the side of the gazelle!  God will take your best effort, provided it’s truly your best, and you will be amazed at what you and God can do! In Christ, Pastor John Watts