WHY NOT MORE?

When our children were homeschooling, they would always try to see WHAT WAS THE LEAST LEARNING THEY COULD GET BY WITH. They are doing better with that as adults, but we all struggle to get by with the least of the truly good things in life. GOD, THE WORD OF GOD, PRAYER, LEARNING, WORK,CHILDREN, EXERCISE, ETC. Why what is wrong with me? (OK don’t get started with a list, there isn’t the time or space) Part of the trouble is that healthy behavior is always stressful unless God is doing the work and helping my attitude. Work is repetitive and tiring, exercise makes me sore, confronting a relationship problem is scary, when I take proper care of myself-I feel guilty and worry what others think . So I say, “Yes, I need to do this but maybe I’ll start tomorrow, or start in just one area, or give change a feeble try, or do it for a while and then coast. Every time I do anything, a part of my limbic reward system asks, “was that fun, or not?” If it felt fun, “let’s do that again!” If it was not, “let’s find a way to quit!” If I obey and then moan and groan about it, I am telling my limbic system to find a way to quit, AND IT WILL.

I need to change what feels like a negative into a positive by “bragging on the burn”. Body builders know that we have to work out till it burns and whatever I do after that builds muscle. No pain no gain! is their mantra.

Every healthy choice causes discomfort so I need to obey in his strength and delight in true freedom ie THE POWER TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT not THE ABILITY TO DO WHAT I FEEL LIKE. “Thank you Lord, I love being a mature adult by your Grace. Then I need to keep my eye fixed on the consequences.

Remember that God created work as a gift to man before the fall and a help with fighting sin after the fall. I must spend and be spent, to get to where I have done all I can and must throw myself on God. I need to get to the end of myself and throw myself on God if I want to develop “muscle” in prayer, understanding and applying scripture, raising children, etc.

I will not grow if I compare with others or  say “I’m doing better than I did, I’m trying.” If I am walking with God at all, then comparison will slow down my growth because those around me are often not even trying.

If you were told to take a suitcase into a room and that you had 10 min to stuff as much money as you could into the suitcase which you could keep. Would you go to the pile of 1’s or to the 100’s and would you quit after one min. or be stuffing right to the last? May God find me stuffing my heart and mind and life with MORE OF HIM right to the last moment I live.

3 thoughts on “WHY NOT MORE?

  1. Thank you so much Dr. Bell for this reminder and encouragement. I needed to hear it today.

    As I read your blog post an example that came to my mind. Have you seen the movie “Schindler’s List”? At the end is a very moving scene in which Oscar Schindler is with some of the Jews he rescued. Schindler is weeping. He pulls of his wristwatch and says he could’ve sold it and saved another life. He points to his car and laments that it could’ve bought several lives. He saved 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust but regretted that he didn’t save more.

    When I get to the end of my life, what will I see so clearly (as Schindler did) that I failed to exhaust all my energy and resources in accomplishing? This is worth considering while I still have the time and the will to do something about it.

  2. Too many times we find ourselves saying God will always be there. With this thinking we can always do it tomorrow. We need to understand that Christ wants more of us. He wants to do more for us. The only way for this to happen is to make Him a priority not something or someone we run to when there is nothing one OUR agenda.
    The agenda for man has become feel good, temporary pleasure, what I think is the best. When we decide to say God set my agenda then is when we can find everlasting peace, love and joy. We need to set our eyes to Him make Him our first priority on our agenda. Just like the camp I direct letters stand for Jesus, Others, You. This is how we find JOY.

  3. You nailed it again, Dr. Bell. I feel like sometimes in my immediate family that I am the only one who does not have an aversion to work. Not wanting to be the only one trying hard to grow, I sometimes find myself getting lazy rather than seizing every opportunity the Lord gives me regardless of who wants to run with me. Thanks for the encouragement.

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