Adult life might be described as an obstacle course. The adult race begins with a heavy dose of hormones, increases speed with a challenging mixture of responsibilities, maintains speed with urgent achievements, slows unwillingly with increasing physical weaknesses, and coasts to a stop with lots of remembrances [and perhaps a pinch of wondering about what if].
The hormones can be responsible for temptations of poor judgment. The mixture of responsibilities involves temptations coming from new relationships that irreversibly change existence. The urgent responsibilities form temptations from the old new awarenessthe need for health insurance, the need for life insurance, the need for a higher education fund for the kids college experience, the need for retirement funds for the end of work life, the need for work success, the need to be competitive when you do not have the energy to compete, etc. Temptations from physical weakness come from just plain wearing outthat is when you sing to yourself, the old gray mare aint what she used to be. The remembrances give rise to the temptations of regret [the fact there are no do overs available to change any part of your past you do not like].
To think adult life was easy in any past time frame is deceitful. To say, But they didnt have to contend with ... is misleading. Adult existence always has involved insecurity, uncertainty, and physical decline. Every time frame and circumstance had [has] its own forms of powerful temptations. The truth is that no adult has it made. Anyone who thinks that would likely not last long in a has it made situation.
The Christian commitment is not an easy commitment. It never has been. It never will be. He or she who expects it to become simple will only be disillusioned. Thankfully, we have a God so filled with mercy, grace, and forgiveness that our weaknesses never weary Him. He proved that is true and cared for all our needs in Jesus crucifixion. All we must do is run the course, obstacles and all, to express our appreciation for what He did and what He continues to do in our forgiveness.
Thanks to what God did, everyone who runs the race with his or her eyes on Jesus is a winnernot because of what we do, but because of what God did for us. Never have you attended a victory celebration that can begin to compare to the victory celebration of praise when those in Christ are welcomed home to live with God!
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