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Monthly Archives: July 2009

I drive a Jeep Rubicon.  People always ask me why, since 99% of my driving is in town or on interstate  I just tell them that it is so much fun that it’s worth the rough ride.  It’s a party everyday!

I got in my Jeep one day after noticing the name “Rubicon” on the hood and wondered what in the world that was.  Why would they name a Jeep something unfamiliar like “Rubicon?”  Actually, Rubicon is a river in northern Italy that flows into the Adriatic Sea.  “Crossing the Rubicon” is a popular saying that means “to pass a dangerous point of no return.”  This phrase refers to Julius Caesar’s crossing of the river in 49 BC which was considered an act of war.

The river was important in that Roman law prohibited the Rubicon from being crossed by any Roman army.  The river was considered the boundary between the Roman province of Gaul to the north and Italy to the south.  When Julius Caesar crossed with his army in 49 BC to make his way to Rome, he broke that law and made armed conflict inevitable.  The phrase “crossing the Rubicon” has survived to refer to people committing themselves to a risky and revolutionary course of action, like our current phrase “passing the point of no return.”

One day not long ago I parked my Jeep in front of a sidewalk where three gang bangers stood.  I got out, walked up to them and introduced myself.  Surprised by my friendly approach, these dangerous guys ended up talking with me for a few minutes.  Finally, one of them asked about my red Jeep Rubicon.  “What does that Rubicon mean?” he said.  After I gave him my history lesson, explaining that Rubicon refers to a dangerous point of no return he smiled and said “&%$, you passed one of those the minute you got out of that Jeep!”

Have you ever passed a dangerous point of no return? Has there ever been a Rubicon in your life?  Maybe that “no return” point in your life was gathering the courage to jump out of a perfectly good airplane or get married.  Or maybe it was the decision to have children!  Was it the decision to start your own business or invest what little you had in the stock market?

Perhaps that dangerous point of no return is spiritual in nature.  Maybe it has something to do with life and death and what comes after.  All of us face that point of no return that we call death.  Our time will come.  Every one of us faces it at some point.  Without having established a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that point of no return means you face an eternity separated from the presence of God.  It means you miss out on the sheer joy that will be found in eternal life with God in heaven.  You say you don’t believe that stuff?  You don’t believe in God or the reality of afterlife in heaven?  Well then, that point of no return will be very dangerous, indeed.  Face your Rubicon.

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