“I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.” Marie Curie
Marie was born in Warsaw, Poland, so much for the old Polish jokes, and she and her husband worked tenaciously leading to the discovery of polonium and radium without which our world would be drastically different.
We Christians have become so enthralled with the world around us that we have bought into the idea of “instant everything.” It’s surprising to me that some scientist isn’t working on inventing three-month gestation for human children. That we expect an instant answer to our prayers is attested to by the fact that so many people quit or decrease fervency when after once or twice offering a prayer that is still left unanswered. One reasonably famous preacher wrote about never asking in prayer for something more than once! I have no idea which translation he read.
Very few undertakings actually “take off” on the first effort, but require repeated adjustments, that demand fervency of effort. It is well noted that most ultimate failures include enthusiasm in the initial effort, but as time marches on, while more efforts are made, the fire grows cold and soon the idea is laid to rest. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you tried again, with updated knowledge and perhaps modernized equipment, with near nuclear enthusiasm?
Mrs. Curie, was so totally committed to her life work, actually obsessed, she eventually contracted a type of cancer associated with radiation and passed this life. He daughters prayers for her are near the stuff of legend.
Being obsessed may not be a good thing unless it is what Lloyd Douglas called The Magnificent Obsession, which we serious Christians are to be doing. You really should read this classic book.
Solomon gives this “heart” advice in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;”
Learning the secret that worthwhile things usually take time, commitment and adjustment is one mark of growing maturity. If you fail to accept this truth, you will use your life in vain, starting this and that with most efforts rusting on a junk pile somewhere.
It is clear that we have been sold a bill of goods about Jesus, the government and all associated entities being here for the sole purpose of making life easy.
Keep on dreaming!
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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