ALMOST SAVED DOESN’T COUNT
In our lives sometimes we have the habit of starting things and not following through shortly after setting a personal goal. We enthusiastically decide we’re going to start exercising, eating more consciously or spending more time doing a specific activity.
Two weeks in, after seeing all the work it takes, we shut the door on those aspirations never speak of them again. We convince ourselves that quitting is okay… because we don’t really have the time for it anyway.
We’ve all been there in some way or another. “At least we tried,” we tell ourselves when actually we didn’t put in the required time, effort, perseverance to actually realize our goal.
The same holds true for falling into sin. We go around the merry-go-round of making the same mistakes then try to find any and every excuse possible to justify our fall. The reality though, is that we are creatures of habit. If we are not careful in guarding ourselves we can unconsciously let a mentality of quitting get in the way of us reaching our full potential.
Can you imagine a loved one surprising you with an opportunity/adventure of a lifetime to travel all the way around the world? Only to get to the airport but have to turn back home for some reason and have your loved one say to you in consolation, “Well at least we had a plan and almost did it, it counts for something!” It’s pretty certain that in that instance, after all the excitement, dreaming, and anticipation your response would be along the likes of “Almost just doesn’t count!” This is an example of a case where quitting before we get started or not following through would not suffice at all.
Why then, if we stand for non-follow through in some cases do we not allow it in others? It’s usually because as people we look for the convenient. We excuse some things and not others.
Contrary to society, Christ doesn’t exist in shades of grey, there’s only black and white. No little white lies, in-between’s, or he-said-she-said. He knows our hearts better than we know ourselves.
It almost seems strange that we who glorify perfection in our physical appearance and execution in our work context, somehow allow mediocrity to seep into our personal and spiritual lives. Think about it, usually the first thing to go when we are overwhelmed with our life demands is our precious devotion time with God. If we don’t cut it out altogether we minimize it to a quick short prayer and verse from the Word. We cheat ourselves of the needed intimacy which would actually steady and sustains us through all we need to face.
We’re hasty with the things that actually deserve our time yet more than generous with activities that don’t. As Christ’s children, we need to learn to cut away time from things that pointlessly consume our time, efforts and energies. We need to move away from excuses and stop procrastinating on following through on the right things.
Yes, we’ll make mistakes sometimes and not always get it right which is confirmed in Romans 3:23 that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. When we really try our best, make mistakes, repent and turn away from sin, His grace and mercy is there to restore us, however.
It’s when we allow ourselves to dabble in things that aren’t Christ-like or we continue to live in the grey areas being one person in one situation and someone else in another, swayed by the happenings of life, that we miss the magnitude of the warning in Revelations 3:15. God will cast aside all who are lukewarm.
In growing ourselves and our intimacy with God, let’s not be on the fence in our conduct, perspectives and attitudes because as we’ve come to learn… Almost really doesn’t count.
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