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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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June 12, 2014 - Diligence

By William E. Richardson

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7, NKJV).

Rome wasn't built in a day, so we're told. Nor were the pyramids, the Empire State Building, Hoover Dam, or the English Channel Tunnel. Those projects weren't jobs for quitters. Finishing them took diligence. The Bible promotes this vital quality.

Diligence means to endure the difficult days. Before you, others attended those demanding classes, showed up for that toilsome job, and kept investing in a marriage they saw was less than perfect. Why? Because they knew that with time, they could overcome the obstacles.

Plenty of others have given up too soon. Like the young man who quit every job he had to look for a better one. He had lots of jobs but no job experience.

The apostle Paul endured plenty: the harsh elements, imprisonment for preaching, and enemies who kept attempting to thwart his message. Yet, not once did he imply that he wanted to quit. Paul endured many difficult days. He tolerated difficulties beyond what most of us face. God blessed Paul's diligence.

Diligence also means to give it your best. It's not only about hanging in there, but about the effort you put forth while going the distance.

Paul treated each missionary stop, no matter how remote or ungodly, with as much importance as any other one. He kept delivering his best. He said that we too should always give our best, not to please others, but to honor God (Colossians 3:23). Diligence means giving your best effort to your situation today, tomorrow, and the next day.

Thirdly, diligence means to approach the task in segments. Someone has said, "Yard by yard, life is hard. Inch by inch, life's a cinch." No matter the situation, it's always easier to tackle it in increments.

We can fulfill any commitment more easily when we break it into smaller parts. The apostle Paul took step after step, day after day, one city at a time, while never losing sight of the big picture. We too can focus on each day's specific tasks, keeping in mind how they fit into the overall venture.

The best thing about diligence is the payoff. Paul didn't have it easy, but he said that he kept moving "toward the goal" (Philippians 3:14). Souls won to God's kingdom kept him traveling to new locations to tell more people about Jesus. What is your ultimate goal?

At the end of his life, Paul reflected on the past with assurance that he'd stayed true to his mission. To the believers of Corinth, he contrasted our eternal crown to the withering laurel wreaths presented to winning athletes at the Corinthian games. Paul went on to say that a crown really worth receiving is waiting for every Christian who stays true to the task.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and blogs at lights4god.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

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