March 19, 2020


March 19, 2020


Ephesians 4:25-32


Paul really lays it out here, but the one word that sticks out to me is “foothold.” Did you see the movie that came out last year, Free Solo? It’s about a guy who wants to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park “free solo,” meaning without safety equipment. It’s as nuts as it sounds. I bring this up because watching this movie, you get a very clear sense of what the word foothold means, and how miniscule these footholds can be.  

Something so small can get into our head and quickly spiral out of control. A small comment, delivered in the wrong way, can cause great hurt. One small infraction can break our resolve, and lead to a lifestyle of compromises. One Facebook post about the pandemic can send us spiraling if we let it. A panicky friend can instill fear.  

Footholds, yet small, are critical to our safety. We have to make sure we are solid when there is so little room for error. Be not afraid, friends. For Christ is still in the world today. The church can still be the church in the world of social distancing. Don’t let this time of physical absence be a foothold that divides you from your church family—from God. Look for ways to stay connected to God and each other. Don’t give the devil a foothold.


What footholds have given way in your life in the past? Currently?


What little things might cause you to not do what you’re supposed to do?


Jesus, we give you even the smallest details of our lives. Guard us, and help us make wise choices. Help us remain close together in our physical absence. Amen.