That is the question! I was thinking about how hard I try to keep myself disciplined. I diet and exercise, take my vitamins and feel really good, then, I sabotage myself! I feel wretched, get in a slump and know I have totally let myself down. I apologize to God for not being a good steward of the Temple that He gave me, and I start all over again. It’s one of those cycles like my dad having raisins in his oats, and then saying he never wants them and so on! But I digress, I talk to a lot of people and it seems that we all have the “sabotage” problem, in one way or another. Some swear they will give up (here you name it), or never do (your choice) again. They are going to start going to church faithfully and pray everyday and read the Bible, then before you know it, you don’t see them for months and it is because they fractured their routine in some minor way and it gave them the excuse needed to just give up, all over again! So as I walked my sore legs up the stairs, I that the Apostle Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, had the same problem! Romans 7:14-20 I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. Now, my dear reader, if the Apostle Paul had this problem, then who do we think we are that we have to utterly fail when we break the smallest, or biggest, law of God. What is better, to get up and start over, or give up completely and lose all the ground you have gained spiritually? With a diet, you can go off of it altogether, next thing you know Richard Simmons will be at your house crying and calling the Fire Department to come and cut you out of the wall because you’re too big to fit through the door, or you can diet and put your sneakers back on to run, jog, treadmill, spin, what ever your choice of exercise is! We see from this letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul was not discouraged, but was finishing his race in a wonderful way! 2 Timothy 4:6-8 You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it; he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming. We won’t compare ourselves to the Apostle Paul, but it does help to see that some of our fore fathers in the faith had the same struggles that we do! The Gaither’s penned a song that I have used often and sung more times than I can count, “If there ever were dreams that were lofty and noble they are your dreams at the start, but the hopes for life’s best are the hopes that we harbor down deep in our heart. But the your dreams turn to ashes and your castles all crumble your fortune turns to loss, well wrap it all in the rags of your life and lay them at the cross. Let Christ make something beautiful, something good, all my confusion He understood, all I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, but He made something beautiful out of my life.” It should encourage you to pick up “the rags of your life, and lay them at the Cross”, allowing God to “make something beautiful out of your life!” Now go find your sneakers!
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Thank you for stopping by for a visit! If you read my thoughts you will see that I am sometimes serious, at other times sappy or funny, occasionally I am sad and sentimental, but I am always sincere! I am a single mother who raised two children, born ten years apart and different sexes so first it was bows and dolls, pretty dresses and boys! When my son was born it was rough and tumble games, baseball, soccer, wrestling and girls! I am known for my "smile" and for my default answer to any situation, "no problem", which was something I didn't realize I did until it was pointed out to me! I am a moon watcher and a star gazer. I am astounded and feel so small knowing that every creature that has ever walked the face of this earth has gazed upon that same beautiful orb that my eyes can behold on any night when the earth is not wearing her cloak of clouds. My parents have made me the person that I am. Their love, veracity in all areas of life, humor and passion for their work and each other have given me hope that my life can actually be a happy one! Chances are if you are reading this you already know all this but again, I appreciate your stopping by! While you're here hit the "Like" button for me and thanks for checking in! View all posts by harolene