And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful! - Psalm 90:17 NLT
We are down in South Carolina on our annual trip for the Thanksgiving Holidays. Before partaking in the awesome meal later in the day, Abbey and I decided to go for a walk in the morning to get in our cardio workout (built in excuse for overeating later in the day!). As we were walking around the track, I noticed an elderly gentlemen walking by himself. I came up to him and started a conversation. I found out that he was 86 years old and that he came here and walked on a consistent basis. He stated that his motivation for walking at the track was the fear of what his life would be like if he didn't put in the effort to keep moving. He knew that if he didn't keep moving that there was a good chance that his quality of life would be diminished. As a result, he used that as a motivation to get out of bed and keep up his exercise regimen.
Brothers, how many of us wish that we had the mindset of this 86 year old man when it comes to providing the effort needed to accomplish our God given dreams? Here is a gentleman that is walking outside on a chilly Thanksgiving morning when he could have stayed home and no one would have blamed him. There are people that are half his age that needed to be out there exercising that choose to stay in their warm homes as opposed to doing something that would benefit them. Why? Why did this gentleman have the wherewithal to continue to get up every day to walk while others choose to not put forth the effort? The answer lies in his motivation not to experience the alternative that he would experience is he DIDN'T put forth the effort. He knew that if didn't keep up his effort to walk, that he wouldn't be able to have the physical ability to keep doing the things that he enjoyed. He knew that he wouldn't be able to maintain his level of independence that he currently experiences and is a source of joy for him. The resolve that I saw in his eyes and as we walked around the track was an inspiration for me and should be for each of you reading this.
As much as I would like to be able to provide this, only you can come to that point in your life where you will realize that not giving forth a consistent effort will be met with disastrous results. My walking partner that day came to a point in his life where he determined that he effort he was going to put forth every day was worth it and was better than the alternative. Are you at this point in your life? If not, what will it take for you to get there and start placing the effort needed to move you in a positive direction? Only you can provide the answers to these questions and I would take the time right now to begin to answer them in a truthful manner. Doing so can move us closer to experiencing the energy, effort and determination that I saw on display yesterday morning.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.