My daughter Ellie and I attended an event yesterday called: “When Life Gets Hard.” John Bytheway, a popular Christian youth speaker, spoke about how he wrote his first book, What I Wish I’d Known in High School.
He kept telling himself he was too busy, life was too crazy. But when he analyzed his life, he realized he watched television each evening for an hour or two. He decided to go to sleep earlier and get out of bed at 5:00 am.
Now mind over mattress is hard for most of us, John included. So his wake up call was a sound bite of this quote:
One of the great tragedies we witness almost daily is the tragedy of men of high aim and low achievement. Their motives are noble, their proclaimed ambition is praiseworthy, their capacity is great, but their discipline is weak. They succumb to indolence. Appetite robs them of will.–Gordon B. Hinckley
John said that those words motivated him to get out of bed early and begin his work. After he finished and published his first book, he had an epiphany. Why not continue this pattern for the rest of his life. What good could he do? What dreams could he accomplish? It was a life-changing moment for him.
Another man named Peter once had great desire to do good and follow Christ. In fact, he proclaimed:
“Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.”
“Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
“Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee.”–Matthew 26:31, 33–36
But we know the story of Peter and how he denied the Christ three times. And afterward, “he went out and wept bitterly.” Matthew 26:75
Peter changed after that event. While I don’t know if he rose early, I do know he was faithful in his defense of Christ. He did great things in Christ’s name and became the man God intended for him to be.
I believe God has a work for all of us to do. And sometimes we get caught up in the tasks and distractions of life and lose our path. What work do you feel God has called you to do? What things are getting in the way of accomplishing those tasks? How can we proclaim Christ and hold to our faith on our journey?
John Bytheway’s story has motivated me to set some new goals. I want to do good, proclaim Christ, and accomplish the work God sent me here to do. I’m going to start by setting new goals and getting out of bed earlier. Join me?
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