DayBreaks for 07/20/11 – Still Kickin’
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. – Psalm 28:7
Many of our American slang sayings are very interesting when you stop to think about them. I don’t know where all of their origins spring from, but I have a pretty good idea where the saying, “Still kickin’” comes from. It’s like the chicken who has its head chopped off in the barnyard – they can run about and even fly for a little while…they’re still moving (sans head). To say that someone is still kicking means that they’re not all the way dead yet – their legs are still twitching. It’s a rather morbid saying when you get right down to it.
Living the Christian life isn’t easy. It is, in fact, doggone tough. Christianity isn’t for wimps. It is so tough that many finally shrug their shoulders and give up because they just can’t seem to ever live a more holy life (which, by the way, shouldn’t surprise us too much since the author of Romans says that there is NO ONE who does what is good). So, those folks just lie down somewhere along life’s pathway waiting to die because of their colossal, stupendous failings.
One of the most wonderful things about the gospel story is this truth: If you’re not dead, you’re not done. You’re still kickin’. God still has a purpose for you being here…and that gives your life and existence tremendous purpose.
If I had a nickel for every time someone told me, in the context of Christianity and their need to change, “I can’t change,” I would own vaster holdings than the British royal family. I have, from time to time, even said it myself (I’m sad to say.) But let’s think about that for a minute: when I say “I can’t change” or “I’ll never change” or “I’ll never amount to anything”, what are we really doing? Aren’t we just making excuses for our actions because we don’t want to put in the effort to let the Spirit change us (and maybe we really don’t want to change and stop that sin that gives us so much delight)? Craig Groeschel put it this way: “If you keep making excuses, you’re insulting God’s power.” (The Christian Atheist, pg. 137)
As long as you’re “kickin’”, you can change. God can change you. The question is never with His ability – it is always about our willingness.
PRAYER: Prevent us from falling prey to fatal discouragements and deadly excuses, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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