“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith (Hebrews 13:7).”
Try responding to this writer’s prompt from Writer’s Digest:
‘”In 500 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring– you put on your father’s shoes, take a deep breath, say a quick prayer and walk outside.”
I wrote a few hundred words on this yesterday. I imagined I had to wear my father’s shoes and go to the car to drive away. The thing is, my father had an artificial leg. As I wrote I thought of having to maneuver with his leg to the car. I made it to the driver’s seat, but I couldn’t figure out how to drive. I returned to the house defeated.
I recall my father walking like everybody else. I think most people never knew he had an artificial leg. The reason is that my father disciplined himself to learn to walk. In many ways, my father was a disciplined man.
Jesus said, “If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell (Matthew 18:8,9).” I had an idea yesterday how much discipline and hard work it takes for a physically challenged person to function. What I believe Jesus is saying here is that it is better for us to discipline ourselves in this life and follow Him than to spend eternity without Him.
A lot of my life I have heard from Christian leaders how important the will is in living the Christian life. Up until recently, I don’t think I believed them. From my experience I just didn’t think it was possible to consistently overcome my bad habits and obey God’s Word. But then a close friend, a Christian leader himself, told me to surrender the areas of my weakness to God, and pray for His help. I’ve been doing this and I am amazed. I should have listened a long time ago.