Thursday, January 17, 2008

Diligent Pursuit







Have you ever been on a long road trip when suddenly you looked up and noticed that there were no longer any other cars with your states' license plate on them? Where do all those cars that started out side by side with you on the highway go? When did they all exit? When did you become the lone car from your state en route towards your set destination?

I was thinking about that as I spoke with a student recently about his career plans. This young man, a senior in high school, with great theatrical talent, told me how others constantly remind him of how few people really "make it" in the theater. I agreed that those he had talked to were correct. Indeed, many of my students do dream of performing on stage or film and yet, historically only a few are living that dream. But I wanted him to focus on those who do "make it". What was different about them? Some would say it is luck. But most successful people, of any field, will tell you that what kept them on the road toward their destination was hard work. Diligence.

At just over the two week mark into 2008, I am finding that I need to be reminded of just how this "diligence" thing works. For I am quite sure that diligence doesn't mean "try hard for the first few days of the year and then coast". Nope. Diligence is defined as "constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken", "steady effort", "attentive care". Constant, earnest, steady, attentive. Not quick. Not temporary. Not rash. It is a life change that He seeks, not a momentary blink. It is a renewing and not a short term fix. It is a steady endurance of all that may come our way in order to reach our final destination. It is this constancy, earnestness, steadiness, and attentiveness that He is characterized by. So when Christ calls me to be diligent, He is calling me to follow on His road. For He himself, our Savior, traveled down a path that had a lot of exits available, none of which He took. Hebrews 12:2,3 finishes with "who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. "
Lord, let me remember your own endurance of the cross when I grow weary on my sometimes long road.
Ezra 7:23 says:
"Whatever the God of heaven has prescribed, let it be done with diligence for the temple of the God of heaven..."

Lord, I pray that whatever you prescribe along this long road, I will do it with diligence. For my body is Your temple, the temple of the God of heaven.
1 Timothy 4:15 reads:
"Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress."
Lord, I desire to give all my desires, dreams, and goals wholly to You, being diligent in my pursuits so that all will know I am Yours.



Oh Father, forgive me for so often taking the exit ramp instead of persevering down this road. Help me to stay on the path you have set before me. I await the day I arrive at my final destination, looking up into Your Devine presence. For the fullness of Your Glory awaits me! That is worth the long road!





Praise HIM!

8 comments:

Angie said...

Such good reminders and exhortations. Thank you.

I'm sending this to my husband who is at the tail end of a long hard road to becoming a helicopter pilot all the while being a ff/medic.

I'm always comforted when I am reminded that it's not my strength, but God's who makes it all possible.

Kim S in SC said...

Angie: Praying with you and your husband as he finishes his training! What great adventures ahead! Praise HIM!

inspired said...

\o/\O/\o/

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

That was such a good post. So encourging and comforting to know that as we follow the Saviour we will stay on the right path. Thank you so much. connie from Texas

Gardener Greg said...

Thanks Kim for the reminder. I am feeling a little unworthy these past few days. I got a little slack in my pursuit of a better life for me and my family but I will do better starting this very moment.

Thanks,
Greg

Kim S in SC said...

Connie: Isn't it great that HE lights the path for us!
Greg: I understand how easily we get off the path but isn't it great that He grabs our hand and gets us going again! What a God we serve!

LAUREN at Faith Fuel- said...

"It's a life change He seeks, not a momentary blink"- love it.

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Kim S in SC said...

Thank you Lauren for this award. What a great encouragement! Thank you. Praise HIM!

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Let this be a place of encouragement for you in your own walk!