The real estate salesman said, "This house has both its good points and
its bad points. To show you I'm honest, I'm going to tell you about both.
The disadvantages are that there is a chemical plant one block south and a
slaughterhouse a block north."
"What are the advantages?" inquired the prospective buyer.
"The advantage is that you can always tell which way the wind is
It is important to know "which way the wind is blowing". But it is
also possible to allow that knowledge to affect us more than it ought to. I
heard of a well-know hobo during the Great Depression of the 1930's who was
asked how he decided which direction he would go every morning. He said,
"It's easy. I find the way the wind is blowing, face away from it, and just
let it blow me along."
And it's easy for us all to live our lives in just that way.
Politicians are famous for doing it. Before taking a position, they'll take
a poll and see how many people in the country believe one way or the other.
But we're all guilty at times of allowing the "majority opinion" around us
to shape who we are and what we do. It's so easy to look around to see
which direction everybody else is headed and just turn our backs to the wind
and drift along. And rather than make an effort to change the world (which
is very difficult), we follow the easier path of letting the world determine
the direction we take.
May these words serve to remind us of what our task as Christians is:
"Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and
perfect will of God." (Romans 12:2)