Rock and Roll

Peter told Him, “Even if everyone runs away, I will certainly not!” – Mark 14:29

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Peter (the rock) might have been wrong, but he was never in doubt! He was the first out of the boat, but also the first to sink. He was the first to speak up on the mount, but he was also the first to be silenced. He was also one of the first to follow, yet one of the first to run away. It seemed that if a thought or idea ever crossed Peter’s mind, it also crossed his lips and moved him to action. That is just how Peter rolled … and also why he so often tripped.

One of the blessings of aging (yes, there are some) is that with it comes (hopefully) a little wisdom … a little restraint … and a few less embarrassing mistakes. Boldness and fearlessness are marks of a vibrant faith, but prudence is a valuable virtue that causes us to “respond” more often than we “react.”

In other words, it is good to be a “rock,” but you just have to be careful where you “roll.”

Zeal is fit for wise men, but flourishes chiefly among fools. – John Tillotson

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