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The Art Of Doing Better

"Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the head, that is, Christ" (Eph. 4:15).

One of the laws regarding motion that I taught about in my science classes for years was the law of inertia. In simple form, the law of inertia is the resistance of a body to change its motion. If something is still, energy is required to get it moving. If something is moving, energy is required to stop it. In our lives, we must "keep moving." That means we must continue to improve. It takes positive energy. Life in general is all about growth, and life in Christ is growth toward the perfection of His character. Much of the joy and happiness that we will experience in life are available only if we are making progress in the direction of Godly character and behavior. If we allow some "energy" to stop our progress, our choice is between improvement or stagnation.

The Japanese word, "kaizen." It refers to continuous improvement over time. This concept is what has made many Japanese businesses successful, and a model for corporations around the world. The word infers that we may not "get it right" the first time around, but what we want to do is continuously improve in a spiral of positive growth. Businesses that employ this concept find some way to improve everything they deal with. Over time, the results are nothing short of amazing.

Would the results be even more stunning if we practiced this in our lives? It may be a sad commentary to admit that corporations are working harder to improve on all levels than we are as Christians. Their goals a just about money, ours are about heavenly goals. In Luke 16:8, Jesus said, "For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of light."

Can we "do it" better? Can we improve in the matter of improvement? Can we "do better about doing better?" To coin a popular political slogan, "YES WE CAN!" If we just improve and make progress in one area of our spiritual lives, we are on our way. With one small step of improvement at a time, the "energy" that would bring us to a halt will be greatly reduced. Satan doesn't like improvement!

Have a wonderful day....Make a difference.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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