“I’m all done,” said three year old Stella, referring to the partially eaten school lunch in her hand. She stands up to leave the table. Grabbing her plate, she starts walking over to the trash can but does something odd…..she continues to eat food from her plate. All the while she slowly walks to the trashcan. “But I thought you were done,” I laughed to myself. That’s when it hit me.
Don’t WE do the same thing? We say, “I’m all done” what that bad habit….that addiction…..that negative talk……that unhealthy lifestyle. “I’m all done” with fear and insecurities. “I’m all done!!!” All the while we continue to partake or participate or engage in the very thing we are trying to dispose of from our lives.
Oh that we should be patient with one another as those around us make attempts to turn over a new leaf: saying I’m all done, yet succumbing to it one more time. Even more, we should be patient with ourselves.
We need to forgive the failed attempts, and encourage that long slow walk to the trash can! Hebrews 12:1 tells us “. . . We must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us, and run the race that lies ahead of us and NEVER GIVE UP!”
Making life changes can be immediate for some, but most of the time it’s a process. In other words, THE STRUGGLE IS REAL! Don’t be quick to judge yourself or others. Mom & Dad, don’t be so harsh on your children as they struggle to make the right choices. God has equipped us to turn over a new leaf…….as many times as it takes us to get it right.
We can do all things through Christ because He gives us strength, because he wants us to succeed, and because He has good plans for our lives. He is patient and kind to forgive our failed attempts, and He extends to us the power of His grace. Furthermore, He says to you…..NEVER GIVE UP!
I Thessalonians 5:11 Encourage & build each other up
Ephesians 4:29 Don’t say hurtful things to each other. Find something good to say & help when you can
Galatians 6:2 Share each other’s troubles & burdens
Hebrews 10:24-25 Come up with ideas to stir up love & do good things; be encouraging
I Peter 4:8-10 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love makes up for many of your faults. . . God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings.