Why I Do Some of the Things I Do
Hard-headed is a phrase I do not hear anymore. In my younger days, this term was common. Today, the word I hear is determination. Both have the same essence. The latter may be more socially correct. The meaning you have or practice says you are not willing to change.
How did you get that way? What makes you stand up for what you believe? Humanly speaking, it may be a wrong you suffered, and you are determined not to feel the same pain again. The result of your experience left an awful hurt in your life.
Some learn a new way to live. My Bible reading has reshaped my thinking and the way I do many things. It has made me more considerate and understanding. At the same time, it gives me the backbone to stand on God’s principles, regardless of what others may think or say about me.
Adopting Bible principles has given me a renewing determination to live the best that I can. My life is now more in line with God’s word than before. For me, it is an ever-improving revision of my thoughts and actions. God has placed within me a desire to be willing to make adjustments. He has changed my manner of living to prioritize better.
So, why does one do this? In essence, to please God. How does one do this? My simplistic answer—read the Bible. It has a way of speaking to my issues in life. It challenges and guides me in ways to improve my life and better serve Him.
Someone may say, I tried that; it didn’t enhance my life. That may be true in your present situation. God, however, has been faithfully dependable in taking care of you. The purpose of serving God is to please Him, not to get things from Him. Understanding this principle has taken many of us a good while to comprehend. Serving God is an eternal commitment and not for immediate rewards.
Paul made this statement, “This one thing I do” (Philippians 3:13 KJV). This portion of the verse has given me a determination to serve God. In bad times and in good times. In sickness and in health. In lean times and abundant times. God is always God. Promising He will stick with us.
As in sports and life, quitters always lose out. I would rather be faithfully determined to serve God whether or not I have all my wants in life.
I know this one thing as a believer, I will stand before God and give an account of my life. That thought makes me more determined to serve Him faithfully. What about you?