Hi David here.
This week Rob shared his bold adventure holiday story of swimming with sharks. A most brave and wild experience. The closest encounter I had with a shark this summer was eating a couple of shark fillets covered in batter, with chips and plenty of tomato sauce – very tasty. Rob is spot on though, we swim with many sharks in different forms and we need to be aware of what forms these sharks take and how we have the choice to resist them.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your fellow believers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. – 1 Peter 5: 8-9
When I was a kid I had a poster on my wall that said, ‘Be Alert’, ‘The World needs all the Lerts it can get!’ It had a picture of a small alien crossing his arms with a motorcycle helmet on his head. I think the point of the poster and the message is that being alert requires action, deliberate thought and awareness. This poster below also speaks of how we all need to be more alert.
If you are not alert or aware then it is easy to slip into complacency and get off track. It’s easy and we all do it from time to time. Alertness and attention is the starting point, then it is much easier to see things for what they really are, and then make a choice of what we do next.
So here are some questions for you to think on this week:
1. What sharks are you swimming with?
2. Are some of them very familiar? Do they have names?
3. What will it take for you to get out of the water?
4. How will you become more alert?
5. What difference will this make to your life?
6. What is the first step you need to take?
May you this week become more alert and recognise things for what they are. May you recognise the sharks where you swim and the lions where they roam. May you see them for what they really are, be alert and choose your actions wisely.