One Thing a Man can Never Get Away From

Norman Vincent Peale, in his book You Can Win, relates,

"When I was a small boy living in the city of Cincinnati, one of the high spots of each summer season was our annual trip up the river to our Coney Island. At Coney Island, among the many diversions, was one called ‘The Maze,’ so named because it was a veritable jumble of passageways. The idea of the thing was to find your way out once you had gotten in.

"This was exceedingly difficult, for, in addition to the intricacy of its construction, the walls and floors and ceilings of the maze were made entirely of mirrors. As you turned expectantly down passageway after passageway, seeking an elusive exit, everywhere you went, you ran into yourself. The place at every turn seemed blocked by a figure, and that figure was yourself. At every point, all you did was collide with yourself.

It was a most bewildering experience, but later reflection, and the realism of living, show it to be only a diminutive model of the world at large. This world has indeed the qualities of the old Coney Island ‘maze,’ for wherever one turns in this life he will run into himself. One may think his problem is other people or conditions or circumstances, but he is likely to discover that his essential problem is himself."

Christ instructed, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).

E. Stanley Jones commented, "But suppose you do not seek the kingdom of God, but make yourself God, seeking first the kingdom of self. Then all these things will be subtracted from you, for even if you get them, they soon end by owning you, instead of your owning them. Things get in the saddle and ride you to your ruin."

"Beloved brother, let us not forget that a man can never get away from himself" (Goethe).

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center 

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