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Friday, March 15, 2013

For Your Own Good


Deuteronomy 10-12
Mark and I have raised 2 kids whom we required certain things from…
  • to do their best
  • never give up when things get tough
  • be kind and courteous to others
  • stay committed to your commitments
We knew that it was for their own good that they do these things.
But out of everything we have tried to instill in them, being perfect was never one of them.
When they made a mistake, we taught them how to learn from it.
When they wanted to quit, we explained the big picture and how staying in the game will eventually produce the results they desired.
But perfection?  We knew that was an unrealistic expectation because perfection wasn’t even a reality for them; and its not for you or for me.
Billions of people have lived on this planet and out of ALL those people only ONE was perfect.  And that person's name was not Tina nor (insert your name here).
But as parents we did require certain things.  And as God’s children He required certain things from Israel as well.
Moses shared today what those were…
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. And you must always obey the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good. Deuteronomy 10:12-13
Fear the Lord.
Live pleasingly.
Love and Serve God.
Obey His commands.
Thankfully for the Children of Israel, and for us, Moses did not say be perfect.
But how many times have we allowed the enemy to place the requirement of perfection on us? Too many than we care to admit.
And how many times have we placed the requirement of perfection on ourselves or others?
I realized a few years ago that when I got frustrated with my husband or kids, that frustration was based in the fact that I was expecting them to be perfect.  If they were perfect they would not be frustrating me.
They aren't perfect.
And I am not either.
If God, who is perfect, does not require us to be perfect, then why should we require it of ourselves or others?
But, we can't let that be an excuse to not strive for excellence or doing your best.
So the question today is, Are you doing your best to LoveServeFear and Obey the Lord?
Because that is all that is required of you.
And if you fail or make a mistake just remember to…
  • do your best
  • never give up when things get tough
  • be kind and courteous to others
  • stay committed to your commitments
As Moses said in verse 13, It is for your own good.

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