It takes a step for­ward to go in the right di­rec­tion

Cape Breton Post - - WEEKEND -

Most of us can go any­where we want to go if we are will­ing to be­gin the jour­ney. In the Bi­ble Abra­ham was told to fol­low God and the Lord would lead him to a new place. God had to lead Abra­ham away from his past in or­der to lead him into his fu­ture. The dif­fer­ence be­tween suc­cess and fail­ure is not op­por­tu­nity but rather choos­ing to be­gin. He who starts a jour­ney has a far greater chance of fin­ish­ing than he who only thinks about it.

Many peo­ple don’t like their per­sonal life and would re­ally like a new one but they don’t want to put forth any ef­fort to be­gin a new jour­ney. I have dis­cov­ered that a per­son is will­ing to keep their prob­lems as long as their prob­lems can be tol­er­ated by them.

God of­fers every­one equal op­por­tu­nity to have a bet­ter life but that doesn’t mean that every­one will fol­low His way. Matthew 4:19: “ Then Je­sus said to them, Fol­low Me, and I will make you fish­ers of men.” They im­me­di­ately left their nets and fol­lowed Him.

There was a rich man who asked if he could fol­low Je­sus and Je­sus said ‘Sure, sell what you have and come and fol­low Me.’ Je­sus knew that you can’t fol­low self and God at the same time so pick your goal and pur­sue it. The Bi­ble tells us that the rich man went away full of sor­row be­cause he couldn’t let go of his stuff. The ques­tion is, what stuff do you have that hin­ders you in your walk with Je­sus?

Many peo­ple say ‘I’m go­ing to go to church some day.’ The truth is those that put forth an ef­fort get there. Oth­ers say ‘ I’m not good enough to go to church’ but I have found it’s not a mat­ter of be­ing good enough, it’s a mat­ter of be­ing faith­ful. When it comes to be­ing good it is only God who can make you good, but when it comes to be­ing faith­ful only you can make your­self faith­ful.

You don’t have to be great at do­ing some­thing to start, but you do have to start in or­der to be­come great at what you’re do­ing. There are no hope­less sit­u­a­tions if you are will­ing to do what is re­quired to change. When you fail, if you will com­mit to be­gin again, there are many great things you can ac­com­plish with your life. Here’s a key: Un­less you en­rol in the “School of Beginning,” you will never grad­u­ate from the “Uni­ver­sity of Fin­ish­ing the Race.”

There will never be an op­por­tu­nity for you to have a bet­ter fu­ture that won’t have with it an ex­cuse why you can’t do it. You could find a church to at­tend Sun­day, or you could find a rea­son why Sun­day won’t work for you. You could lose 10 pounds or you could say you don’t like to ex­er­cise. You could look for a bet­ter life or you could say you don’t want to change. You could drop that bad habit or you could say it’s not all that bad.

The Lord is not out to get you back for what you did wrong but He’s out to give you His grace if you’ll re­ceive it. He doesn’t love one per­son more than an­other but He re­wards those that show up and seek Him.

You de­serve a bet­ter life so take a step in the right di­rec­tion and serve the Lord Je­sus Christ.

Have a su­per week. God bless you all.

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