Never say never, I am living proof that things you say you will never do, you might end up doing just that! (Did that sentence make any sense at all?) I am sitting here watching a team, and rooting for them to win, that since I was a teenager would say, “I don’t care who wins as long as Alabama loses!” And I really meant it! It goes back to one game in the early ‘60’s, no need to go into that, but having come of age living on North Avenue in Atlanta, if you know Atlanta you know that is “just down the street” from Georgia Tech, I was always a “Ramblin Wreck”! A Ramblin Wreck who actually muttered afore now hated phrase “Roll Tide”!
I remember two young men, whose dad died from alcoholism, who vowed they would never drink and put the families they would have through all their dad had put them through. That didn’t happen. Others who had relatives die of lung cancer vowing they would never smoke, who are now on oxygen because of their years of smoking. Oh the list could go on and on but hey it’s about to be New Year’s so I’m getting through here, point is this, don’t make big statements about what you will or will not do, just do the best you can every day. How many times have I vowed and declared to stay on a program for my self-improvement and no sooner said than the vow is gone with the wind, oh well, you get my drift!
Romans 7:15-20 “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.
The Apostle Paul was the man who said that but doesn’t it sound just like you or me? I say, the “spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”, that kind of sums it all up!
So don’t let your mouth overload your… uhhh abilities, yeah that’s it!
Happy New Years 2016 to YOU!