So yesterday while I was working at the bookstore some girl came up with a barcode tattooed on her wrist. Of course, my first question to her was “Can I scan it?” I guess she had never had it scanned before and was pretty excited about it. She talked about how it was sentimental to her and stuff. I scanned it and she rang up as a bag of Jalapeño Cheetos. She then became livid and, of course, I was dying of laughter.
Not that decisions inessential. The problem is that they require so little transformation. Mere decisions are no sure evidence of a true work of grace in the heart. People can make “decisions” about the truth of God while their hearts are far from Him.
Christians, and particularly young, serious Christians, tend to be achievers. They want to max things out, to take things to the limit and do them as hard as they can be done.
(Ex: “I’m gonna memorize the entire Bible!!!”)
In proper proportion, there’s nothing wrong with being an achiever. And, understand, if older Christians were interested in achieving worthwhile goals, the church would have far fewer problems.
But, in many ways, being an achiever is about having a specific, exclusively goal-oriented mindset. And that mindset, left unchecked, can lead us to problems. Let me tell you what I mean.
We all have a way of focusing on the achieving part, so that even in success, we can only see that there’s just more to achieve. Suddenly, life looks like a never-ending series of worries and problems to deal with. But God wants us to learn how to handle our successes just as well as our failures.
from the July Bridge Box devotional
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“If you are like me, the reason you sometimes feel sorry for yourself is because it feels good. I know that sounds odd, but if you think about it, it really does. When I feel sorry for myself, what I’m really saying is that I deserved better, that I am a better person than what the situation has dealt me. And if you think about it, that’s kind of an arrogant thing to say. It would be better if our attitude was more like, Man, that stinks, I didn’t get the job, or, That girl rejected me; better luck next time. Or we could just laugh about it with our friends. The trouble comes when something hard happens and we choose to stop and milk it for attention. There’s no progress in that, and it isn’t going to get us anywhere. And it’s also annoying.”—Donald Miller (via jspark3000)