A Holy Kick in the Pants!

Revelation 3:16
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth.

Today’s verse is one of those that present a bit of a challenge when you are trying to write something called “Words of Encouragement.”  It just doesn’t sound all that encouraging.  But it is rooted in an attitude that is, in fact, very encouraging.  For we want to be challenged and not simply affirmed in our okayness perpetually.  We want to have greatness expected of us.  Today’s verse is simply another way of saying “Life has more for you!  Don’t settle life as a bowl of tepid oatmeal when you could have a fabulous four-course dinner followed by 1812 Napoleon brandy.  Raise your expectations of yourself and excel!”  Sometimes, we need a kick in the rear in order to wake up, smell the coffee and stop moping around.  Today’s verse is such a kick in the pants.  If the shoe fits your backside, wear it and get going by repenting and doing the next practical thing.  There is greatness in you!

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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