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Sometimes, I Just Hate Improvements

Galatians 6:7-9
(7)  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
(8)  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
(9)  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

I like growing and improving. I like to see progress and things to get better in my own personal life and with things around me. I like to see various things in my house, car, personal performance, and career make improvements. “It” just gets old sometimes with me. What is the “it” that I am talking about? The inconvenience and irritation of consistently being uncomfortable or not satisfied with where I am at or the things in my life that need improving, really gets old at times. Any one feel my pain?

What should we do when this happens? Well, sometimes I need a break from the improvement and just to take a “breather (short break)” from it. At other times, I need to re-evaluate my goals. Sometimes the frustration or discouragement will come from “spinning my wheels” and not making progress. At times the frustration will come from goals that have already been achieved or achieved too easily. And there are times when I do not really know, so I need to ask the Lord to show me and wait for His answer.

All of this to say, “Hang in there, improving is worth the frustration and irritation that you will encounter. We have a human body to live in and sometimes the problem is not external, but internal….meaning, my mortal flesh just doesn’t like anything but fun and good food. I have learned that if I give my flesh everything that it wants, I will always end up having regrets in some form or fashion.

So, for those of you who feel my pain….Keep on Keeping on! It is worth it! Don’t let temporary feelings stop permanent change in our life. Remember that we have to “pay” at some point. I would rather “pay now and enjoy later”, than to “enjoy now and pay later.” Investing is paying now and enjoying later. Living on credit cards and building debt is enjoying now and paying later. Righteous and wise living is paying now and enjoying later. Sinful living that will leave you bruised and broken, is enjoying now and paying later. Hang in there. It will be worth it all, when you finish!

Tomorrow, I will share with you some newer goals and challenges that the Lord has put on my heart to help motivate me and keep me moving in the right direction on the right path. God Bless You!

May 11, 2020 - Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church

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