Monday, January 25, 2010

Just Getting By is Sin

Finished reading "The 10 Dumbest THings Christians Do" by Mark Atteberry. He is a long time Pastor from the beautiful state of Florida (home of the Buccaneers and Gators!).

The chapters that resonated with me discussed the issue of mediocrity, you know, doing enough to get by. It stuck with me probably because I feel this is one of my weaknesses. I have a tendency to be lazy and only do enough to get by. God has been showing me this by putting me in situations where I can see the difference between what hard work gets you and what complacency gets you.

Hard work.

Not trying to put anyone under condemnation, but don't you feel better about yourself when you know you did a task with all your wits and muscles? Don't you think God is honored when his kids do a job that just pops!

When my kids do a task, they do just enough to get by. On rare occasion, they have surpassed my expectations, and I am really proud, and I tell them! Don't you think that same feeling resides in our Father's heart when we try to surpass His expectations?

"Let your light shine in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." - Jesus (Matt. 5:16)

Don't just get by.

1 comment:

Michial said...

This is a good word, Paul. It made me think of the title of Oswald Chambers' famous book, "My Utmost for His Highest." God deserves nothing less.
I enjoy reading your blog. Keep it up!
- Your "Old" Pastor, Mike Lewis