Christopher Robin and Me


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Halfway down the stairs

Is a stair

Where I sit.

There isn’t

Any other stair

Quite like it.

I’m not at the bottom,

I’m not at the top;

So this is the stair

Where I always stop.

Halfway up the stairs

Isn’t up

And it isn’t down.

It isn’t in the nursery,

It isn’t in the town.

And all sorts of funny thoughts

Run round my head

It isn’t really anywhere,

It’s somewhere else instead.

So says Christopher Robin (A. A. Milne)

Maybe the reason I so readily identify with Christopher Robin is because, I like the middle step of indecision.

  • Do I accept this offer or wait for a better one?
  • Do I go to this party; what will people think if I skip; what will they think if I go?
  • What do I wear today?
  • Should I commit to this or not?
  • Should I follow God or live for self?

That last question is an old one.  One every individual must make.  Moses told the people, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose . . .” (Dt 30:19).  Joshua challenged the people of Israel, “Choose this day who you will serve . . . ” (Josh 24:15).

Halfway is not enough.

We do not want to choose.  We want to stop halfway.  “God, I will serve you as long as it is convenient.”  Or, “Jesus, I will follow you where I want to go.”  This is only following Jesus halfway, and as Christopher Robin says, “(That) isn’t really anywhere, It’s somewhere else instead.”  Halfway is not enough.  Jesus throws down the gauntlet in challenge, “He who is not with me is against me . . .” (Mt 12:20).  Which will it be?


2 thoughts on “Christopher Robin and Me

  1. Love it. Never put my Christianity in relation to Christopher Robin. That step is a step of which way do I go. Been there! Not always comfortable, sometimes too comfortable.

    Thanks for always giving us true life meaning to circumstances to guide our life

    COME hear his great message on Sunday’s at 10. Central Church of Christ.

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