DayBreaks for 10/02/19: God’s Heaviest Grief
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2009:
Have you ever known someone who had tremendous potential, but they squandered their opportunities pursuing meaningless things? Perhaps you look back at your own life with a certain measure of regret for “what might have been.” There isn’t a one of us who can’t look back at our past and say that about one thing or another. Not one.
On the other hand, there are others who seemingly have nothing going for them – ordinary men and women – who manage to achieve incredible things. Mother Theresa was so small physically, and not greatly educated, but has there been anyone in the 20th century who made a bigger impact on people and the world than she did? Maybe, but not many. Einstein was a mail clerk, for Pete’s sake. He wasn’t an educated mathematician or physicist to start with. In fact, he was singled out by his early teachers and being too dumb to learn. Yeah, right!!!
So it is that we see this paradox: there are those we’d never suspect who shake the very foundations of the world, and those who we believe could make a huge difference – but they wind up wasting their lives and talent. When the funerals come around for both the wasters and the achievers, they will all be nice funerals and nice things will be said. But not all that is said will likely be true.
The Christian writer, A. W. Tozer, once said, “A man by his sin may waste himself, which is to waste that which on earth is most like God. This is man’s greatest tragedy and God’s heaviest grief.”
Well put, don’t you think? We were made by God to do things – to achieve, to create, to invent and to change and grow to be more like our Father. Because we are made in his image, we are capable of magnificence with his help! And because we often don’t represent what God is like by our actions and when we waste the life that God has blessed us with it must deeply grieve Him!
How are you doing at becoming and achieving all the potential that God put into you and your DNA? Have you wasted much of your life in the pursuit of the frivolous? Do you have many regrets at opportunities you had but which you lost? Why not turn all that around today and recommit yourself to becoming more like Him and to fulfill all that He’s put into your ability to become? There is nothing that would give Him greater joy!
PRAYER: We are often too tired and lazy, Lord, to make much effort at becoming all You have gifted us and created us to be. May we live up to the potential You have created in each one of us that we might bring You joy! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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