As I thought about it, I thought, I like the idea of being there, but seldom am I willing to pay the piper, go all out, grit my teeth and say, “Game on!” and do whatever the correct action is, to get there and stay there.
And this means I’m talking about almost anything. I’m not talking, simply, about getting in shape. For instance, doing a bazillion sit-ups, leg raisers, or however many it takes, to create six-pack abs. No, I don’t mean just exercising, I mean just about anything that would be worthwhile and give me a long-lasting benefit.
Some examples: starting and finishing a diet—losing twenty-five (or thirty) pounds; reading the Bible from: “In the beginning God … to amen, come Lord Jesus,” without rushing—taking time to write down my reflections, staring at the wall while contemplating what I read, talking to God about the words, and then jotting those insights down; or, stop pouring a quarter cup of butter on my three gallon bowl of popcorn. (I mentioned food already didn’t I?). Anyway, I’m really talking about a lifestyle change.
If I tell myself the truth, I’m lazy. I lack self-discipline. I have a teensy-weensy amount of follow through. Oh, in my best moments, I may begin well, but there’s little finish well in my personal history. It’s sad. No, it’s more than sad, it’s demeaning (humiliating, embarrassingly pathetic). How do I improve my want to so I can “be there?” What does it take to stay there when I get there?
I have a friend who tells me, “You’re too hard on yourself.” I am, at times. However this is not that. As I think about it, it has more to do with remembering to use what is available to me, so that when I get there I’m able to remain there. It’s about properly implementing my God-given power of choice, taking responsibility, refusing to cave in, and practicing what Jesus shows me how to do.
And, as I think about it, it’s more than this. I’m sure there is treasure that is mine which I’m not exploiting. I can begin exploiting it though. It’s about getting over the idea that I don’t have to do anything besides, “Come on Jesus, take care of this, won’t ya?” It means not just begging Jesus to get me there, but continually cooperating with His Holy Spirit along the way to getting there, being there, and remaining there.
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