One of the greatest struggles we all seem to have is getting started…especially if it is something we know will be difficult. I have met many people like me in the past few years who deeply desire to change their life, but continue to put it off. They want to be different, they want to be healthy, they want to live life…but, honestly, they don’t. Sometimes the thought of changing the routine of life isn’t worth their desire to feel better and do more.
I’ve been curious about a passage that I’ve seen many times in the Bible. In Matthew 21, Jesus says, “There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today…’ “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered.”
This has always been a strange lesson to me. In my opinion, neither of them were that great. One said they would do it and didn’t. The other complained and said no, but ended up doing what was asked. But then I noticed the question…He didn’t say, “Which was better?”; He says, “Which did what the father wanted?” Neither handled the situation well, but at least one completed the task. Only one worked past their initial unwillingness and finished well. Maybe this speaks to you too.
Becoming the you that you are meant to be is not easy, but it is worth it. There is a life to be lived that is greater than you can imagine, but it’s going to take work to get there. So each of us has a choice, in fact it’s a choice that must be made every single day. Who will you be?
– One who will talk about what you will do? or…
– One that will do it? (even if there is a little complaining involved)
Don’t overcomplicate it; don’t think about the year, month or week ahead. Don’t look at how hard or long the road looks. Think only about now and what you can do today. Which choice will you make for this day?
- Mark Cornelison
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