Leap Before You Look
Dr. Jim Denison
A friend recently sent me this list of questions to think about:
Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
Why isn’t “phonetic” spelled the way it sounds?
Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?
If 7-11 stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on their doors?
Why is it that something transported by car is called a shipment, but something transported by a ship is called cargo?
How does the guy who drives the snowplow get to work?
Some questions are worth contemplation, and some aren’t. I read this week that the African impala can jump higher than ten feet and longer than thirty, yet one can be kept in any zoo enclosure with a three-foot wall. The reason? These animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will fall. The paralysis of analysis. Afraid to leap before they look.
In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he is dealing with anger and forgiveness. We must not hate or hurt; we must initiate reconciliation. Now he tells us when to do this: today. Make right what is wrong. No matter what prudence dictates, or your circumstances suggest. No matter how hard it is, or what people will think. Now. Leap before you look. Here’s why.