The journey of life suffers under a similar dilemma. Good people of every ilk fail to deliver after the initial energy. Empty promises made on emotional appeals lie hollow when don’t carry them onward. We have all wept at the appeal to help the poor or disadvantaged — only to fail to deliver. We all know that good intentions do not substitute for sustained performance.
Red Letter Believers are people who dont just think about good things and talk about them — we do them.
This is a clarion call to filter out urgent projects, deadlines, and phone messages. They must be put in proper perspective with what really matters in this life. Sometimes the important things are quite small and seemingly insignificant. Because Jean-Claude Killy, the world-famous skier, was three-tenths of a second faster than his closest competitor, he earned $3 million instead of having to settle for being a $10,000-a-year ski instructor.
Some of us often think that busyness is a sign of godliness. I contend that busyness is a sin unless it is involved in the important things of this life and eternity. The story is told of a little girl who was carrying a baby. A man walked past and asked “Isn’t that baby too heavy for you?” She replied, “No, he’s my brother” This is the work of faith. Labors of love accomplish so much more than work performed out of guilt that ends up unfinished.
Like it or not, endurance is a hallmark of the faith.
Rather than a constant spin cycle, our lives should be lived with focus and perseverance. In these days of faltering marriages, broken promises and abounding uncertainty, we can be vehicles of change. That change is for the promises we make today and their fulfillment tomorrow.