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Things That Shouldn't Stop Us

"I went past the vineyard of a sluggard, past the vineyard of a man who lacks judgement; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins" (Prov. 24:30).

Can you think back at some things that you tried at in life and did not succeed? Maybe it was a test you took or an interview you had. Lets face it, there are some times in everyone's life when we have not attained something we reached for. They are often good life lessons, for understanding why we failed and learning from them, should lead us to succeed. I was once asked at the end of a job interview; "Why should we hire you?" I paused for for a moment, collected my thoughts and said; "The only reason that you should hire me is that I am the best person that you have interviewed. If not, you are doing a big dis-service to your school." I had really prepared for that interview and honestly thought that I had done the very best that I could have done.

There are some things that should not stop us from attaining our spiritual goals. One of them is lack of effort. Once a goal is set, we need to do all that we can on a daily basis to achieve it. We just cannot be slackers and hope to become spiritually mature. Just as students, we should not go into a testing situation without preparation lest we fail. As students of the Lord, we must always give our best effort. Have you ever watched an athlete being interviewed after a game. A common cliche that is often used goes something like this; "We didn't leave anything on the field." That doesn't mean that they picked up all the Gatorade cups. It means that they gave their very best effort.

Air, water and electricity follow the course of least resistance, do we? Those who are spiritually lazy do! As humans we have that wonderful ability to "turn it on!" We have the ability to prepare and give maximum effort in our endeavors. The lazy man's vineyard in today's verse was not stricken by a flood, drought or a plague of insects. It was decimated by lack of effort. The spiritual slug will have the same thing happen to their life, and they have no one to blame but themselves. "The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps" (Matt. 25: 1-3). You probably know the rest of the parable. The oil was available, it just took a little more effort to bring it along. The path of least resistance takes wherever it goes, effort takes us to where we want to be.....In case you are interested, I got that job and taught there for the last and best 18 years of my teaching career...

Have a great day...It would be a good day for a RAK.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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