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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Shortcuts...

...there are none. This Christian life thing is not an event. There is no magic pill or conference or book or new technique that will make it all work. It is a long hard slog, a marathon. That is true about all aspects of this thing. Including leading your kids and wife.

Hebrews 12:1 - 2 reinforces this. We are in an endurance race. Paul also uses the race analogy in 1 Corinthians 9:24 - 27, he says that he has to work hard at it, buffet his body, in order to make sure that he competes well in this Christian life - that was Paul! He wrote much of the New Testament.

Like any athletic contest there will be ebbs and flows in our, and there is in my, involvement in the game. Momentum shifts. We just have to persevere. Not all that we do will be effective with our kids. Not every Bible study we do will give us deeper insight. Regardless we have to press on like Paul says in Philippians 3:12 - 14.

It is not the next notebook, or seminar, or book, it is not even this next year, it is the next step. Take it, and then the one after...

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