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The Flood Zone

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Matthew 7:27 (ESV)
And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Every year we hear the unfortunate news of someone who lost everything in a storm, and it is a reminder that no matter how hard we try, we can’t prevent all accidents and tragedies. We are only human, and we can’t see the future—but what if we did know about a tragedy before it happened? Would we do things differently? Would we get out of a building if we knew it was going to burn down, or get out of a car that was about to be in an accident?

Maybe you like to throw caution to the wind, and the thought of riding out of this life in a blaze of glory while singing “I Did it My Way” seems appealing to you. Most of us, however, lose our courage when the flood waters of life come and we see the magnitude and force of them. Have you been building your life in a flood zone, investing your greatest treasures in things that will be washed away? Do you spend all your time working, thus neglecting the family you have been given, as if on your deathbed your last words will be, “I wish I had spent more time in the office”?

When it comes to your health, are you like a wild beast, eating whatever is in your path, driven by hunger instead of intelligence? Take a look at your life; what areas have you placed in harm’s way because of bad decisions, impulsive thoughts, or your pride? As long as there is breath in your body, it’s never too late to move to higher ground. You might not only save your life, but the lives of those who are with you.

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