Maybe you can relate to “Frank and Ernest.” Yes, the Cartoon characters. Frank and Ernest are standing before their minister when Frank asks, “How come opportunity knocks once, but temptation beats at my door every day?”
Proverbs 4 makes me think of one of my all-time favorite pieces of advice. It’s entitled, Autobiography in Five Short Chapters, by Portia Nelson.
Chapter 1—I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost…I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
Chapter 2—I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in the same place, but it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
Chapter 3—I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it there. I still fall in…It’s a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It’s my fault. I get out immediately.
Chapter 4—I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
Chapter 5—I walk down another street.
Look closely at the wisdom found in verse 15. “Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.”
What road will you be traveling today?
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.