There is this fable going around in my head, and it’s been cropping up a lot lately. I don’t know its origin. Maybe if you read this and you know, you’ll drop me a line.
It’s instructions on how to cook a frog. Nasty, I know. But what the fable says is that you place the living frog in a pot of cold water and slowly turn up the heat. Frog feels comfy-cozy, but by the time it gets too hot, it’s too late. Frog legs, anyone?
I know. Nasty. Poor frog.
I’ve been feeling a bit “froggy” lately.
It occurs to me that most of us are in the same position as that poor frog. We are all sitting in pots of water that right now feel like a nice Jacuzzi. Pretty soon, though, it will be too late to get out, and well, there it is.
My pot is called busy-ness. I have gotten caught up in having too much to do and not enough time. I have so many things on my to-do list and nothing is getting done efficiently. So I have made up my mind to prioritize and relax. But not in that pot. So in order to get one leg out, I have to pray and ask the Lord to show me what He wants me to do first. Then to get the other leg out I have to do it. And then I repeat the process until I am completely out of that pot.
I’m not saying it’s easy. But if I don’t do this, the end result is death. Not physical death, but the death of my purpose. The gradual stealing of my time of impact on earth-which is what is happening while I’m enjoying that Jacuzzi.
So ask yourself, what is your pot? What was it that made that cool pot of water so enticing that you are almost stuck in it now? And then ask yourself how badly you want to get out. Some folks would rather bubble. But I can promise you that you will not find your purpose until you escape.
You can do it. First one leg, then the next…