Last week I visited the hairdressers. Wanting to save a few pounds, I decided to test a new salon outside town. All went well until the hairdresser reached my fringe and, unable to decide whether her client should wear it to the side or symmetrically simply made some ungainly hacks and declared it could be worn both ways. The reality is that it can be worn neither, and looks as though a two year old has taken pruning shears to it in their sleep, which leaves me with a quandary for the next few weeks. Lesson learnt: some things are worth paying for.
How often do are we like the hairdresser? Caught between two invites we attempt to go to both actually engaging with neither, or maybe we halfheartedly attend one but the nagging feeling that we would have been better off accepting the other prevents us embracing all that one has to offer. We need to be careful in this flaky Facebook driven world that we aren’t caught waiting for a better invite just too long and miss out and loose friends driven away by a feeling of “I wasn’t worth committing too”. We need to honour others (Romans 12:10) and ‘love your neighbour as you love yourself’ (Mark 12:31) even if this means we end up at what seems like the lesser party.
Sometimes it’s tempting to be likewarm about faith, but the bible is pretty unequivocal about how God sees that:
15I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other. 16 So because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of My mouth! Revelation 3:15-16
God is worth being decisive for!! The lives we live should match up to what we believe. And it is so much easier once you have made the decision and go for it, to keep going for it. Not least because God helps us. He doesn’t spit us out of His mouth but instead fills us with his Holy Spirit, who helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26).
The fringe will grow out and I’ll visit a more pricy hairdresser next time, but other things like friendships, and God are worth being decisive about. Let us not get stuck between two things, and lose both but chose one and wear it well!