To be a hero, get this ONE thing down.
Often the one major difference between a hero and a failure is the phrase, “easier said than done.”
Staying sexually pure – easier said than done. Staying married to that man or that woman – easier said than done. Controlling my tongue – easier said than done. Being honest – easier said than done.
Easier said than done.
That pretty much covers all of life! Brushing your teeth. Bathing. Sliding that stick on your armpits – it’s so hard!!! Putting on makeup. Easier said than done. But SO thankful we do all that! And yes – I said thankful for makeup!😄😄😄😄😎😇
But when it comes to being loyal to God through obedience we get this ridiculously silly idea that “easier said than done” is a really valid excuse. And it is. It’s a GREAT excuse if…if…if…wait for it…
…you never want to see God do anything big in your life.
Failures make excuses. Heroes say, “I want to be loyal to God as much as I want clean teeth – so instead of easier said than done, I’m going to say “I’m doing it.” That’s what Noah did. Build an ark? “It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God…” Hebrews 11:7 “Easier said than done. Easier said than done! But I’m doing it.”
Look at the list below – it highlights the poverty of that phrase wonderfully:
“Easier said than done” results in:
- Rampant BO since it’s easier to say “shower” than do it.
- Furiously offensive halitosis, since it’s easier to say “toothbrush” than use one.
- No Miss America (horrors!) since it’s easier to say “makeup” than use it.
- If a, b, possibly c are true – then no wedding cakes, groomsmen, bridesmaids, honeymoons or happily ever-afters since no one but Gollum will want to be near you. Granted I’m making a wild assumption that you don’t want to marry Gollum.
- No friends since it’s easier to say “play nice with others” than to actually do it.
- No paycheck since it’s easier to say “I got up and went to work” than to do it.
- No worship since it’s easier to say “I love Jesus” than to actually show up at the church that He said He’s building that the gates of hell will not prevail against (Matt. 16:18).
- And this is the big one: NO seeing God doing anything big in my life!
But – axing that phrase from your vocabulary? Results in big things. Big things like great breath, no body odor, happily ever afters blah blah blah.
But most importantly – axing that phrase from your vocabulary gives the God of the universe free space to work in your life in ways that are beyond what you can ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20).
One caveat: I’m not talking about some kind of
“God helps those who helps themselves” rubbish.Truth is,
God helps those who CAN’T help themselves.
So in the face of a big fat CAN’T, just for this week, try this – say “Easier said than done? Yes! Maybe even impossible. But God has called me to this task, and so I will do it, in faith, by the power of Jesus, not my own.”
Easier said than done? You bet. That’s life from birth to death. But let’s get with God and let’s do it.
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