Posts Tagged ‘Tightrope walking’

fearOn August 7, 1974, French tightrope walker Philippe Petit gained fame for his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, New York. For his feat, which he referred to as “le coup”, he walked the wire for 45 minutes. He made eight crossings between the towers, over 1300 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan. In addition to walking, he sat on the wire, gave knee salutes and, while lying on the wire, spoke with a gull circling above his head. Crowds were spellbound over his performance. Five months later, Petit was on a high wire in St. Petersburg, Florida practicing with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was 30 feet up in the air and must have become complacent. He suddenly slipped and fell to the concrete. As the 25 year old acrobat lay on the ground, he was observed crying “I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it. I don’t ever fall.”

 

“Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come!” – Amos 6:1

 

We need to examine our lives and rid ourselves of any spiritual complacency. Today in prayer, ask the Lord that “Thy will be done, not my will” and follow Jesus in all that you do.

 

“I hate to see complacency prevail in our lives when it’s so directly contrary to the teaching of Christ.” – Jimmy Carter

 

God’s Word: “For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them” – Proverbs 1:32

The following blog is taken from a Christian Surfing website. Yes, that’s right, a surfer Christian who writes an awesome blog, and this morning I want to share this one with you. Please go to his website and visit him at http://www.christiansurfers.com/index.php And now this mornings blog.

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Nik Wallenda recently tightrope walked across the Grand Canyon, an amazing feat that you can check out online (if you didn’t see it). After it was over he commented that there was one aspect of the walk that he didn’t anticipate. Attached to the cable that Nik walked on were weights hanging down to reduce the “bounce” of the cable. He stated that the stationary nature of the canyon wall as a back drop with the swaying of the hanging weights, as the wind blew, caused an optical illusion. Basically, it messed with his mind as he looked down to take his next step and saw the moving weights and the non-moving canyon wall. Ones mind is challenged with which one is real and which one to trust.

This reminds me of living as a believer in our world. There is the stationary nature of truth, God’s word – the Bible. But, then there is the ever swaying voice of culture and our world. We are left to make decisions about our next steps – will we balance based on God’s unchanging truth or the ever changing opinions and lies of this world.

What Nik had to do was first recognize that those weights were moving and couldn’t be trusted and then secondly, he had to focus on the unchanging canyon wall. It is the same for us. Have you noticed that the surfing world lies to us? What are some of the lies you’ve picked up on? Be on your guard that it will continue to lie to you. Next, are you building your life, taking steps – based on the Bible?

Psalm 119:105 “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correccting and training in righteousness…”