This week has been an interesting reminder of the need for diligence in our God-given pursuits. Everyone I encountered along the way has a dream for their future that has captured their hearts. One man is highly dedicated to his career and wants to rise to the top of his profession. One mom is working tirelessly to help her kids discover their talents, navigate their education and overcome their obstacles. Another couple will tell you boldly they want to have an excellent relationship with open communication and cooperative decision-making.
At the same time, they were each confronted with a circumstance or an attitude that was holding them back. The businessman has a couple of habits in life that are counterproductive to his dream which include anger and an unhealthy need to control others. The mom often gets angry with the people she loves when they don’t live up to her expectations. The couple honestly admitted they have started to resent one another because they prefer to live at different paces.
I am sure I noticed these folks because they are a mirror of my life. I love my life, I adore my wife and I am proud of my kids. At the same time, I get frustrated with managing finances, integrating with Pam’s spontaneous scheduling and trying to prioritize the relentless tasks of life. Like you, I keep looking for an easier solution.
Jesus has some strategic advice in Luke 11:9, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” According to the context, Jesus is telling us to keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking because some things in life only get accomplished through audacious persistence. As a pastor, I would love to present a simple, easy plan for becoming spiritual mature. As an author, I would love to give couples and parents a quick path to family unity and strength. As a concerned friend, I would love to tell you that one of the quick fix programs for weight loss and physical conditioning would actually turn you into an athlete in just 7 minutes a day.
Thank God right now for the dream he has placed on your heart and ask him one more time to lead you with diligence in your pursuit.