Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda… or Persevere!

Posted: February 25, 2013 in Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda
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i do not imagine that God actually ever considered woulda as in, i woulda done it this way but Jesus wanted to do it that way. I do not imagine that God ever said, I coulda done this and maybe it would have turned out better. And i certainly do not see God saying ,i shoulda made ed different and just maybe. i am also quite convinced that God does not have any regrets about creation and that’s including me, so there must be an alternative and today i will share what that alternative may look like. Mind you i am not saying that God is pleased with everything as it is.

PERSEVERE: To persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement. Be persistent, refuse to stop;

There’s a bird sitting in a tree watching as a caterpillar makes a very slow ascent up a barren peach tree. The bird asks sarcastically, “Why are you coming up here? There are no peaches on this tree.” The caterpillar, lumbering along, says in a most assured manner, “There will be by the time I get there.”

i go through a tough time and i get all panicky; then the Lord stills the storm and i think, “Thank God that’s all over. I’ll never have to go through that again! i’ve learned my lesson!” And two weeks later, there is another storm. But this time since i’ve been through it once, you would think that i should respond a little better and a little quicker. Define a “little”

When i persevere, something happens to me on the inside that i need… i develop inner strength. i LEARN! i acquire experience – i acquire ability – i acquire skill.

When i persist, remain constant to the purpose, or task,  in the face of obstacles or discouragement i recover life. This sounds like God, He persists, He remains constant to the purpose, or task, IN THE FACE OF OBSTACLES OR DISCOURAGEMENT!

That’s what the word says! “Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. I’ll show you how to recover your life.” TAKE! To get into my possession by force, or skill. It will not come by coincidence. It won’t just happen. Jesus says, you must purpose to develop inner strength and to LEARN, TAKE!

Matthew 11:29 Jesus says, “Walk with Me and work with Me — Watch how I do it.”

David said in Psalm 16:9 I’m happy from the inside out, and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed.

How am i firmly formed? James 1:2-4 Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations (PERSEVERE). Be assured and understand (PERSEVERE) that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience (PERSEVERANCE) have full play and do a thorough work (PERSEVERE), so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed (PERSEVERING) [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

i need to possess HOPE. (To look forward to with confidence or expectation:) Jesus says, I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.

Job 8:13 says “That’s what happens to all who forget God… all their hopes come to nothing.” i get tired, i get worn out, i get burned out when i forget God.

There are times when i want to improve my circumstances but don’t want to improve myself. When i do improve everything gets better. Improvement does not happen automatically.

The law of diminishing intent applied to perseverance simply states that the longer i wait to persevere instead of doing it now, the greater the odds are i will never do it. And if i do not persevere i will be left thinking, woulda, coulda, shoulda or even worse regretting.

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  1. meandiam says:

    WHO are YOU??????????????????? Ed! This stuff is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!

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