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Limbo Lunacy

“Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.” - Mother Teresa

During the 60s everyone encountered a limbo stick. The challenge apparently started in Trinidad, swept through the Caribbean, made it way to the USA, and then around the world.

The goal was to pass under the stick by bending backward without dislodging the bar or falling. Those successfully navigating the first level won the chance to pass under a shorter bar. Each successive lowering eliminated more participants until the contestant who could “go the lowest” won.

Sometimes I wonder if we are playing a global game of civility limbo. The goal is no longer to soar to new heights or to reach elevated levels of integrity. Instead, we are trying to see “how low we can go” and still play the game. 

From a prison cell, Paul wrote his friend in Philippi, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

That was good advice 2,000 years ago, and it is great advice today. Don’t get caught in the limbo war, stooping lower and lower. Fly high to the true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy things of God.

Dan Bolin


Refueling in Flight Ministries


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