The Easy-Way-Out MythToo often we want to skip the hard work and go directly to the results. People are always looking for the easy way to get what they want – some magic formula. They want to lose weight without having to cut calories or exercise. They want to have nice things without having to save up the money to buy them. Nobody wants to suffer or sacrifice.
But the fact is, you and I will never have the things we want to have in life if we aren’t willing to practice the discipline and self-control it takes to have them. To put it bluntly, if you want to have the perks, you have to put in the work!
Job 19:25 (NIV), he declared, I know that my Redeemer lives. Likewise Paul, who suffered tremendous persecution for his faith, was able to write, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful (2 Timothy 4:7 NLT).
Water Your SeedWe can be finishers too, if we will cooperate with God and put in the work He’s calling us to do. Stop being wishy-washy and start being decisive. Make up your mind to clean up the messes big and small that are dragging you down. Sure it’s hard, but God has equipped you for “hard.” He has already planted the seeds of discipline and self-control inside you. You just have to water those seeds with His Word to make them grow.
You can get victory over out-of-control areas of your life if you deliberately and consistently lean on Him. Say God, I am nothing without You. I can’t do anything without You. Cast down wrong thoughts when they come into your mind. Start thinking and speaking God’s Truth to your situation and little by little, He will help you reach your goal.
Whatever your goal is, whether it’s to get in good physical shape or change a negative attitude, start drawing on God’s power to help you achieve it.