Tornado Alley

“But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:20-24 NKJV

In the Mid-South we often refer to several different locations as “Tornado Alley”. These are usually places that tornados are most likely to hit. The lay of the land, surroundings, and terrain are all perfect for tornados that are moving through the area to hit. They have the perfect ingredients to attract a tornado. I’ve often wondered why some people’s lives seem to be this way. Why they keep encountering one bad thing after another. Now don’t misunderstand I do know bad things sometimes happen to really good people. And just like a tornado there are times it strikes in unusual places. Is your life one of those that you seem to keep getting hit over and over by the same thing. You keep having bad relationships, you keep drowning in financial debt, you keep yelling at your kids but they seem to just keep acting up. Then maybe it’s time to stop and figure out why you keep getting hit over and over. Is it because you keep choosing people with a certain characteristic flaw? Is it because you keep spending money on things you don’t need but are simply wants or things you think will make you look better? Is it because you have raised your kids just yelling and never being consistent in the discipline in their life? Just like tornado alley, you keep getting hit with these things because you have never done anything to prevent it. You’ve never changed the way you live your life. You have simply added “Christian” to your list of things in your life without allowing Christ to truly change your life. If you want the tornado to stop, change the lay of the land, change how you do things.

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