trent9We are all engaged in this life and we are all in it 100%. However– Things can get out of control fast, so we have to pay careful attention to both our circumstances and also to God’s direction. To illustrate– I was sitting on my motorcycle and getting the “back seat” ready for my friend. I said “hold on,” as I leaned over to lower the right side passenger footboard. He thought I said “get on” and he stepped onto the left board creating a big shift in weight that I was not ready to handle. The bike tipped, and with great difficulty and effort we were just barely able to keep it from laying over.

In light of my incident let me share two thoughts from the book of Hebrews: “For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.” (Heb. 2:1) – Pay attention to what God is telling you. He goes through great lengths to instruct us in our daily walk. Complacency deadens our outlook, and robs us of our joy. This can open the door for peril. Secondly, “But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today’, so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb. 3:13). Please take the time to reach out to each other as well as others in need. We can only affect “today,” and we can only act in a moment to moment relationship with each other. To be complacent may cause a spiritual stagnation and allow a hardening of your heart.

So let’s determine to keep keenly aware of our specific situations. Let’s also look for ways we can grow God’s love and life not only in us, but in others. Remember– Changing the world one heart at a time starts with your own heart.

Jim Simpson,
SCS Student and Chaplain of the San Diego Gospel Riders

This devotional is part of our monthly student series where SCS students share inspirational, encouraging, and insightful ideas about their life of faith.