Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from Numbers 35-36; Mark 10:1-31
Friday’s: Deuteronomy 1-3; Mark 10:32-52
Saturday’s: Deuteronomy 4-6; Mark 11:1-18
Sunday’s: Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 11:19-33
Monday’s: Deut. 10-12; Mark 12:1-27

Each time a new U.S. President takes office, a massive transformation takes place at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In fewer than 5 hours the entire contents of the outgoing President are packed and moved out, and the new President’s belongings are all moved in. Former White House chief usher Stephen Rochon explained, “the outgoing President sees the house the way he always saw it” until he drives off to his successor’s inauguration because they want his family to feel at home to the very end. Unlike moving days for the rest of us, when the new President arrives, every piece of furniture is in its place, all the pictures are up in their preferred locations, the clothes are hung in their respective closets, and even the Commander in Chief’s toothbrush is by the sink where he wants it.[1]

It’s a most impressive operation, but pales in comparison to God’s way of transforming anything.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2, ESV).

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ

[1] USA Today, 1/17/17, pg. 5A.