Whom Are You Tied To?
The account of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem is an interesting one, in the sense that the same people who ushered the savior into the city with shouts of joy soon turned around to demand His crucifixion. Matthew's version of the events leading up to the trip to Jerusalem got me thinking about the mode of transport used by Jesus.
In Matthew 21:2, Jesus sent two of His disciples to go to a certain place in Bethphage to procure a donkey and her colt for Him to ride on. "...saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me." Whether Jesus rode one or both of the animals is a controversy we will leave for another day.
When I read this story, the question that popped up in my mind is the question I have posed above: whom are you tied to? We do not know how long the donkey and her colt were tied up; perhaps that was their daily routine. Perhaps, they were not allowed to roam around but had to be stuck in that spot for a short or a long while.
Whatever their story, as long as the colt was tied to the donkey it was going nowhere fast. It moved only when the donkey moved. If the donkey remained stagnated, so did the colt. On the flip side, because they were tied together they both got to be part of the greatest story ever told. We cannot talk about Jesus death and resurrection without talking about the triumphal entry and we cannot talk about the latter without talking about the donkey and her colt. In Genesis 13, we learn that Lot, Abraham's nephew was exceedingly blessed because he followed Abraham.
Who we associate with is important. Some associations can be a blessing and others a curse. Who are your mentors? Who are your friends? Who are your business partners? Who is your employer?
Do not tie yourself to the wrong person or people. Look for people who can help you be a better version of yourself; those who can help bring out the best in you; those who will challenge you to want and to be better. Be that person for others as well. Be a blessing and not a curse to those who are tied to you also.
Take a moment to examine your associations and decide on who to keep ties firmly to you and who to cut loose.