Do We Really Try?

Many of you may be shaking your heads; of course, we try; do we?  I think the real answer to that question depends upon what we are talking about at the time.  There are many things in life that we will start and never finish.  Sometimes it is because of a time factor, sometimes due to a real lack of interest and sometimes because we find out that we don’t really know how or have the proper equipment.  We can come up with a basket full of excuses if we so desire and often we do just exactly that.  Should we let that bother us or should we just shrug it off as attempting something that is not really important?

There are many lessons we will learn as we go through life and it is true that some of them will only be interesting and not necessary.  Just how do we discern what the really important things are before we make a mistake we shouldn’t?  If we examine a day’s activities, we probably will realize that many things we accomplish in a day are those that have pleasing effects on our lives and then, of course, there are the real necessities.  A flat tire simply must be changed if we want to accomplish the rest of our choices.  Most of the time, however, is spent on things that are necessary for our daily lives – we must eat, which has its own requirements and we should get a good night’s sleep if we want to accomplish anything on our list; we need to replenish our strength, and we want our minds to be at their best as we go through our days.

What about next summer – where should we pick to go on vacation?  And don’t we need some new clothes for that climate?  Whoa there, wasn’t this devotional supposed to give us guidance on how to accomplish our bottom line; or did we even seriously decide on just exactly what that was to be?  Isaiah, the greatest of the writing prophets, told the people of his day – Learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow (1:17) and in the book of Matthew, in the Sermon on the Mount, we find Jesus, himself, telling the people –Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (11:29).  The Bible has always been the best instruction book for whatever can and will face us in our lives here on this earth.  Why do you reckon we fail to consider its teachings?

In this day in which we are living, it seems like the hours of the day are getting shorter and shorter.  It is possible that may be so, but then again just maybe we are filling our time with more things than we need to or that are beneficial to our current lives, not our future ones.  Is it just possible that we need to rethink what is important in our lives? 

It is true that a lot of time in today’s world is spent on making money; a necessity for life and the supposed enjoyment of it.  We have made some habits; we do try to save to pay for that new home we want or the vacation we think we need.  If I may ask a question, even of myself, just what time are we utilizing to secure our place in the Kingdom of God?  As with money we can’t expect a desired windfall overnight; it is something we must commit ourselves to doing daily.  There is no crystal ball that will tell us exactly how much time we have or just what our Heavenly Father might overlook.  Maybe we should consider –

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, and it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith, and be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord, to the cross where Thou hast died,
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord, to Thy precious bleeding side.