burdened to share

Are you are excusing any vices in your life?  Are there habits and addictions that you are justifying instead of making any progress toward positive change?  Consider The Message translation of 1 Corinthians 10:23-24-

Looking at it one way, you could say, “Anything goes.  Because of God’s immense generosity and grace, we don’t have to dissect and scrutinize every action to see if it will pass muster.”  But the point is not to just get by.  We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well.

Allow me to share some of my life experience:  when I was growing up, my mother’s parents were very influential in my life even though I only saw them once or twice a year.  That’s amazing, right?  The reason why they impacted me so greatly is because they presented the message of salvation in Jesus, and by the grace of the Holy Spirit at work in me, I believed and became a child of God.  Additionally, my grandparents demonstrated the joy of the Lord in the way they lived their lives.  Even in times of difficult trials, they still praised the Lord.  It was through them that I understood what it means to live faithfully before God.  Ultimately, it was my grandfather’s godly advice about marriage that inspired my writing The Love Triangle: What Every Couple Needs for a Successful Marriage.

What does all this have to do with bad habits, you ask?  Here’s the point:  are you making decisions today that will benefit your future and the ability to be around to encourage and teach your grandchildren as they grow into adulthood?  Do you value that opportunity?  Can you look into the future and understand that they will need you to be a part of their lives?  Do you understand that your wisdom gained from years of living and learning will be invaluable when shared with them?

I’ll shoot straight with you.  Maybe you’ve been excusing your smoking habit or your weekly drinks with friends because you don’t see how it’s harming anyone.  The prescription meds are your means of coping, you reason.  Can I plead with you as one who sees the heartache of my own grandparent-less children?  Put the addictive substances down and never pick them up again.  If it’s not enough to do it for yourself, do it for the future lives of your grandchildren.

Andy Andrews defines wisdom as “the ability to see into the future the consequences of your choices in the present.”  That is what I am asking us to do.  Make decisions today that will ensure our being healthy and alive for the benefit of those we love and will cherish in the future.

Andrews, Andy. (2009) The Noticer. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. p.73.

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