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Religion

May 15, 2014

What does Jesus say?

NORMAN — Forget the tagline “WWJD?” (What Would Jesus Do?). Instead, ask “What does Jesus say?”

Life in a society whose ethics is based on a slippery slope is difficult to navigate. Everywhere there is the opportunity to be swallowed up by the excitement and lure of a world which offers enslavement rather than genuine freedom. How do we navigate and maintain our focus?

Several weeks back, as usual in our state of Oklahoma, a cold front was pushing through and the opportunity for huge thunderstorms and damaging hail was building fast. I was at work in Midwest City and that particular day I was on my motorcycle. Work ended at just the time a massive thunderstorm was racing through the city of Oklahoma. I jumped on my motorcycle to head home south of Norman praying that I would be able to stay just ahead of the strong wind gust, hail and rain.

My attempts failed.

Hail and rain was coming down fast. I was desperate and took the first exit available. The roads were slick as the first touch of rain made it greasy and slippery. I had no idea where I was going and the road turned sharply to the south. My bike slid and I almost collided with an oncoming vehicle. I found myself lost, frustrated, fearful of the weather and all I could think about was getting home safely.

You see, if I had listened and prepared, I could have navigated this moment so much more effectively.

Such is the way and journey of our spiritual life. Every day we should ask, “What does Jesus say?” If we want to navigate successfully through a world of turmoil and pitfalls, we need to hear the voice of Jesus. Our voice seems to prevail more times than not, but listening to Jesus and the answers He provides is critical.

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