I recently viewed a video of the World’s Smallest Escalator. It is in Kawasaki, Japan in the basement of a department store. This mini- escalator travels exactly 32.8 inches-down…not up but down.
When I think about an escalator traveling a measly 32 inches, I question the purpose of taking the time, energy and money to create something that does not really get you anywhere.
I am reminded that we often take-on this thinking process when we deal with issues in our daily lives. We spend time, emotions, and stress on small issues that do not take us anywhere. Issues in our marriages, our careers, or other relationships that if left alone would dissipate quickly; however, if focused on they will bring you down a few steps.
In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul gives us a great focus for a love that will always point us in the right direction within our relationships with others. He wrote,
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Think about it, and have a blessed February!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D