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March 13, 2006, Enterprise Dispatch
Pastor's Column

At ease, without fear

Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shephard Free Lutheran, Cokato

A few weeks ago, I was driving back from Little Falls to St. Cloud after visiting in a nursing home.

As I was enjoying driving 65 mph, a vehicle pulled up behind me and boldly entered the passing lane and accelerated. As it was passing me, all of a sudden, it dropped back quickly behind me.

What could cause such a quick change of mind?

It is amazing how the flashing lights of a highway patrolman can quickly take the foot off the gas pedal.

Are you living always trying to “pass the law” and hoping you don’t get caught? That is hard on your stomach, as well as the rest of you.

Proverbs 1:3 says, “But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” When we follow the law, our conscience is at ease and so is our stomach. When we disobey the law, we live in fear of harm.

Our world is so full of the idea that the more you are able to do and experience, the better life will be. I think that is the lie of the world.

What makes for a great life is living in thankfulness for what you have, and enjoying each experience that God grants you along the way. Can you be at ease today?

When I have pulled up to cross Highway 12 in Cokato, and have had to wait for a string of cars coming from the east, I have counted how many seconds I am delayed. Do you know it is only around 12 to 15 seconds? You know how tempting it is to pull out fast and be a little embarrassed as the car pulls up close behind you.

Try waiting and being at ease. It can make a real difference in your life and those around you, so you will be more relaxed.

I find when I am in a rush, I am much more impatient with my son. Is that true for you also?

Try being a bit more at ease, and maybe you can cut down on the Lipitor.

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