Pick Up Your Mat
August 16, 2017

I work at a radio station in Houston called NGEN Radio. Last week, I was sitting in one of the recording studios when the director asked me if I wanted to record something that would go on air for the afternoon show, and I said “Of course!” 

 

So we recorded the spot. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the VP of NGEN and JSBJ Radio was in the same room, the entire time. Talk about pressure. 

 

As soon as the spot was recorded she asked us if we wanted to hear a story. 

 

She told us about how the day before she had this amazing smell of food that wouldn’t go away in her office. She couldn’t figure out what it was, so she got up and asked people in the hallway if they knew what it was. It smelled so good and was making her incredibly hungry. After going all the way up and down the hall, no one could smell it and, frankly, had no clue what she was talking about. 

 

She went back into her office and to her excitement… the smell was back. But this time she found it. 

 

It was in her trash can the whole time! 

 

But after she finished her story and left, I started to me think about how that smell she couldn’t find relates to many of us in a way. How many times have we looked to other people to have an answer for our issues or lookes at others as if they are the problem?

 

But when was the last time you took the time to ask, “What if I am the problem?”

 

No really. What if you are the problem? What if you are getting in your own way.

 

John 5:6 says.“When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?“’

 

Pay attention to this question, it’s very powerful. You see, Jesus knew the answer to the questions, but asked it anyway so that the man would find the answer. And so he asked, “Do you want to be made well?”

 

This had to be obvious … he had been laying there for THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS! And no.. this was not a typo. 

 

Why would Jesus ask such an obvious question?

 

Because sometimes the most obvious answers are found in the most simple questions. 

 

When you finish reading this I want you to really to ask yourself this: Has the metaphorical food been in your trash can the whole time? Do you want to be made well, or do you want someone else to give you the answer? And have you been unwilling to take ownership of your mistakes? Well today you can change that!

 

Get up. 

 

Pick up your mat.

 

And walk.

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