If I’m honest there are many things I would like to succeed at and accomplish in my life. I want to be a good pastor, I want to manage my finances well, I want to be a faithful witness, and so much more. Of all the things I wish to succeed at, almost none rival being a good godly father. If you were to ask me to name some of the most important things in my life three names would be near the top of my list! The sad reality for me though is that I get caught up in the grind of so many good things that I forget to put emphasis on that one great thing that only I can do... be a dad to my kids.
There is a fun Christian song called, “Jesus is the hope when there is no hope.” It goes:
“Caught between a rock and a very hard place.
Running last In the big rat race.
There's little doubt I'm all washed out brother I'm in a jam
Quickly I look to left and
right theres not another
single living soul in sight. My backs to the wall
nobody to call but the great I am
Sometimes God has to take some drastic steps in our lives to get us back on track. This may come in the form of discipline or judgement, where God attempts to shake us out of our rebellion and apathy. Sometimes, God can even send blessings to show us His faithfulness and superiority over any and everything else.
Someone wisely said that the most important marking on a tombstone is the dash between the year of birth and the year of death. Encapsulated in that dash is an entire life. Personally, I would like to think my life has made an impact thus far... that I have used my “dash” effectively. I want my life to count... I want my time allotted to be God honoring.
One of the greatest forms of wisdom is being able to learn a lesson without actually having to go through it yourself. So people are gluttons for pain, and want to experience every heartache and difficulty for themselves. It isn’t enough that they saw someone get hurt jumping off the bridge, they want to experience it for themselves.
I don’t get bitter, I get even. It sounds tough, but it is really a bad practice. Romans 12:19 says, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Unfortunately, many have made this their life verse by placing the emphasis on the wrong words in the verse and changing the punctuation. Those with a get even spirit say, “Vengeance is MINE; I will repay.”
It’s too good to be true! Pessimism can ruin blessings from God faster than just about anything. When God does something good, or when He is promising to give us a blessing, our doubting spirit can interject, “yea, it won’t happen… it’s just too good to be true.”
Humility is one of the most important traits for a child of God. In football, on the line of scrimmage, it is usually the low man that wins. This means whoever gets position is going to win the battle on the line. It is usually a joy to watch the front 5 from the Cowboys who are good at ‘getting low’. They dominate because they work hard at this principle.