Monday, January 3, 2011

Please Continue to Hold...

If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done! Ecclesiastes 11:4 (LB)

If I just had a new Bible or a Bible on Kindle or a Kindle, I would read the whole Bible this year. If I just got a raise, we could have another baby. If I just had a Bowflex, I could have rock hard abs. If I had a better boss, I would be a better employee. If I had nicer co-workers, then I would be more positive at work. If I had well-behaved children, I would be sane.

If we’re waiting for perfect conditions before we choose to make progress, then the message is simple: “Please continue to hold.” We are setting ourselves up for a lesson in patience that we are destined to fail.

Conditions have never been perfect. Conditions aren’t perfect now. Conditions will never be perfect. So, let’s stop making excuses. Think about this: God orchestrates His perfect plan through imperfect human beings. Even our perfect God doesn't wait for perfect conditions.

What is holding you back from taking the next step in your life? What is the obstacle that is standing in your way? Maybe you cannot make progress at the rate you would prefer, but what progress can you make? “But, if I work that slowly, it might take years.” Okay, do you plan to live for years? Then, what difference does it make how long it takes?

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  1. To become a great singer, you first have to learn how to hit the notes perfectly. Then, as time goes by, the notes take on harmonics, unique to that singer. Only then does that voice become one of a master, instantly recognizable. It is the imperfections that make it perfect, and beautiful above all others.

    A tree is just a tree, like all others, until it endures the ravages of wind, sand, and driven water, bending and sculpting it into a true work of perfection, worthy of adoration.

    A man untried and tested in the fires of life, has very little to offer. True character is molded and revealed by the way we bend and adapt to the imperfections in our path. Youth and beauty are just starting places, yet lacking the imprint of imperfection, another way of saying immature and untested. True beauty is an awesome sight to behold, revealed in the most unlikely places and people.