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Bridges Gets Personal

June 14, 2010

Chapter 10 of Jerry Bridges’ Pursuit of Holiness gets right in my kitchen.  He uncovers my excuses for why I struggle with my pursuit towards holiness.  I want holiness right now.  Is that unreasonable?  After all, I can get everything else right now or at least have it on its way to my doorstep…a flat screen (even installed), books, clothes, supper.  Why can’t holiness be like that?  Maybe the reason is that things of value require effort, time, and dedication.  As Bridges points out, Paul tells us to go into strict training.  Remember Michael Phelps and the Summer Olympics in 2008 and how he dominated?  Remember people talking about his diet, his routine, his training schedule?  No doubt Phelps has some natural talent and the body of a swimmer.  But to become the top swimmer in all the world requires strict training.  Same way with Kobe, Lebron, Pujols, Jeter, etc.  These guys have natural talent.  They also excel in their fields at discipline and training.  We will fail and stumble at the beginning.  “But if we persevere, we gradually see progress till we are succeeding more often than failing.”

And our calling and motivation is far greater than a gold medal or a trophy.  We are living to gain joy unspeakable, and to lead others to this joy.

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