Hang Out and Hang On

I have a bit of an infatuation with bungee cords, ropes, and ratchets. When I go into a hardware store, I will usually look to see if there is some new gadget to help secure whatever I have bouncing around in the bed of my truck. I look for that special something that is not too long but not too short; high load strength; and, ease of use is critical.

I think I am in good company because even Solomon, who was declared to be the wisest man, said: a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Solomon knew that a single string was not as strong as three strings that are intertwined and woven together. This is a good life principle—don’t let your life hang by a single thread.

Let me share a couple of threads to consider weaving into your life. The first of these is the bible. Paul warned that we should not allow anyone to cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ (Col 2:8-9). Instead, we should embrace biblical principles: the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).

The second thread is authenticity. People who are real and authentic stand in stark contrast with what we usually see in the media today. Reality TV is anything but real—it is staged. When Paul wrote his first letter to the Thessalonians, he said: there was never a time that we tried to deceive you with the use of flattering words, nor a cloak for covetousness. Paul was effective because he was authentic.

A third thread for your consideration is the concept of grace. A quote out of The Message from Colossians 3 explains this well: chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

Give these three threads some thought. Weave them together and find the strength to hangout and hang on.

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