Groundhog Day

Proverbs 30:24-28

I guess I missed school the day they explained why people think a furry rodent can predict the weather. Can someone please help me understand? Oh, I know about Puxatony Phil. I’ve seen the movie. But the tradition itself, I’m not sure how something like Groundhog Day even gets started.

Predicting the future would be a useful talent. If I knew then what I know now I would have invested heavily in Google and Walmart. Did you hear? Facebook is filing a $5 billion – that’s BILLION with ‘B’ – IPO. I should have ‘friended’ Mark Zuckerburg. Being able to predict the future would come in handy.

Knowing the specifics of our future could make us ubber-wealthy or scare the schlamuckin out of us. Either way, history has proven we won’t know for sure what’s around the corner until we turn the corner to see for ourselves. Accurately predicting the future may not be in the cards, but we can prepare for it.

Those who appear to be the best at predicting the future are almost always the ones most prepared to meet it.

Andy Stanley talks about the principle of the path – you are where you are today because of choices you made yesterday. The course you take in the future is determined by the choices you make today. What steps will you take today to prepare for tomorrow? Here’s a quick inventory:
  • You have a family – What choice do you need to make today to strengthen your relationship with your wife and kids tomorrow?
  • You have a job – What decisions have you avoided that keep you from being satisfied with your career?
  • You have a spiritual life – Have you ignored it? Will you grow deeper in character, stronger in your walk with God and more certain of your own eternal purpose?
  • You may be involved in a church, small group or charitable organization – Are you prepared to receive new people, serve more effectively and increase the scope of your group’s influence?

We may never be able to accurately and consistently predict specific details of our future but we can prepare for it. Spring is coming whether that groundhog sees his shadow or not.

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