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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dust and Bugs

Last week while going on a short ride I felt the need to lower the visor on my helmet. (Usually I ride with it up to feel the wind) Upon lowering it I quickly noticed that I could not see through it. It was covered in dust and bugs. So blinded was I that I almost missed the upcoming corner which would have been bad.

And it made me think.
How many of us go through life covered in dust and bugs.
Just the daily build up of a dirty life. Little sins
Or the occasional bug to the face. Hurts that sting and then stain.
and soon we cannot see what is in front of us leading us to a crash.

What do we need?
A Cleansing

In Daniel chapter 1 we find a King who wants to change men's minds by giving them the best things in life. The most comfortable home, the most wonderful food, and the strongest drink.

But Daniel knew that these things would only blind Him to a greater life.
So to stay clear, this is what Daniel did.

Daniel 1:8 (ESV) But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.

So instead of eating the kings meat Daniel went on a juice fast so that his heart and mind would be clear.
This moved God to bless Daniel in regards to his captors.
Daniel 1:9 (ESV) And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs,

and more than that, the King noticed that there was something different in Daniel.
Daniel 1:20 (ESV) And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.

When Daniel Cleansed himself from the Dust and Bugs he was given Clarity.
This Clarity caused others to give Him Charity. (Love)
And it made me wonder today, What does the face shield of your life say?
If you pull it down will you see what we see?
Dust and Bugs or Freedom to fly?

So here's the question
What are the dust and bugs?

How about bitterness towards some one or some loss?
How about the sin of Lust?
How about the sadness of hopelessness?
What is it that is blinding your vision of a Great Ride and leading you to miss the corner?

Do a Daniel and resolve and refuse that which would defile your face shield and clean off the dust and bugs of the past and you will have a brighter future.

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