What do Velcro™ and the New Year have in common? Allow me to explain! The other morning I was having coffee with my Three Best Friends and I was pondering on the quote “people were created to walk not straddle”, and walking into a brand new year. I was telling God that I would not even begin to think of the journey without keeping Him so close to me that there would not even be room for a piece of paper to come between us and the Spirit simply said, “Stuck together like Velcro™!” And, I thought that is exactly right! Think about a strip of Velcro™ and pulling the two pieces apart – suddenly the two pieces are simply just two strips without purpose but joined together they are inseparable! Get it?
When I hear the word “straddle” I think about the phrase “straddle the fence”, one leg on one side and one leg on the other. Not much walking gets done – just a lot of painful struggling. Jesus put it like this: No man can serve two masters: either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and man, Matthew 6:24. But wait, you say, we live in this world and we have to work in this world – so how can I not “straddle the fence”? Of course, our God made sure that He addressed that exact problem by giving us 1 John 2:15, and there is a myriad of scriptures that refer to being “in the world” but not “of the world”. A search of the word world, in a good concordance, will help you dig deeper into this topic.
Walking requires strength with action and in today’s fast-paced world we need all the help we can get! The Velcro™ image is going to be very helpful to me this year…every time I begin to do something that isn’t the godly thing to do I am going to picture the Velcro™ beginning to separate – and, hopefully, I correct the bond immediately. One thing I know for sure: God never pulls away from me but I definitely have the capability to pull away from Him – I know that for sure because, as they say, “been there/done that!”
So, how shall we walk then?
- Walk WORTHY (Colossians 1:10)
- Walk PROPERLY (Romans 13:13)
- Walk PRUDENTLY (Ecclesiastes 5:1)
- Walk HUMBLY (Micah 6:8)
- Walk IN THE SPIRIT (Galatians 5:16)
Let’s WALK while we have the Light, lest darkness overtake us. John’s Gospel 12:35
2011…we are walking boldly, attached like Velcro™ to our Three Best Friends. Devil, watch out!