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My son's next question was a humdinger. "If life is so much better when you listen to God,why do you ever stop?" Again I carefully considered my response. Unfortunately I told him, I am human and humans can be very stupid. When things are rolling along just fine, we find ourselves getting just a little off track. Before you know it, the train is derailed, and you're back in the valley of darkness, alone and suffering.
Now I asked myself a question. How do you prevail over stupidity? I stay on track if I stay active at church, and by active I mean really giving of myself. I'm also better off if I keep my focus off the material world. You can enjoy the good things in life, just don't make them your focal point. The most important thing to do is to talk to God everyday and then sit back and listen to Him. It is a conscious effort and a choice every day.
Re-printed with permission of the author from St. Mark Presbyterian's 1999 Lenten Devotions