Moving the Deck Chairs


Life can be complicated. It used to be that I had all the answers. Then something happened. The questions got harder. I am jealous of those who live in a black-and-white world where there are two distinct views: their view and the wrong view. I find myself living life more in the gray these days.

I can relate to my favorite historical figure, Charlie Brown. One day, Lucy is philosophizing and Charlie is listening. As usual, Lucy has the floor, delivering one of her most dogmatic lectures.

“Charlie Brown,” she begins, “life is a lot like a deck chair. Some place it so they can see where they are going. Others place it to see where they have already been. Where are you going to place your chair, Charlie Brown?”

Charlie sighs, then responds, “I’m just trying to get my chair unfolded!”

Perhaps you are a visionary. Your chair faces forward. Perhaps you like to reminisce. You face backwards. Perhaps you live in the “now.” Your chair reflects that. Or perhaps your life is unsettled right now. You struggle to unfold your chair. That’s okay. There is hope. Let God help you unfold your chair.

The Bible says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race that is marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1).


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