I was sinking my teeth in to a book (Hard to Believe by John MacArthur) last night and couldn’t help but use some of what I read in today’s blog post. But first a little about the book… “This book is MacArthur’s unflinching, unapologetic, treatise on the modern tendency to alter the true message of Christianity in order to meet the whims and desires of a culture hoping for non-confrontational messages, easy answers, and superficial commitments.”
Don’t worry non-Christians, today’s post isn’t going to be uber spiritual (although I have no problem admitting I love me some Jesus). That said, I do think there was at least one message communicated in Hard To Believe, that applies to everyone, and that message my friends is this: We suck.
Here are three aspects of my life in which I suck…
Ha, more religious blabbering. In recent years, Christianity has become extremely political. One church says “Do this” another “Do that.” So what do I end up doing? Nothing. I become stagnant because no one (or no church) seems to know what the heck they are talking about. The political aspects of Christianity are unbearable. Fortunately, I have a solution to this problem. If I deny myself (meaning I get out of my own way), Christ will work in me. And if you deny yourself, Christ will work in you. Multiply this by the entire Christian population and suddenly there are no more church politics. Everyone will be on the same page, because everyone will be on Christ’s page. Unfortunately, we tend to do just the opposite. We deny Christ and inflate ourselves. If Christians stopped sucking, the world would be a better place. Period.
Of course finances was going to make the list 🙂 After all, this blog is called Punch Debt In The Face and not Punch Christians In The Face. I make terrible financial decisions daily. Yesterday’s was spending $8 at Burger King, when Burger King should have paid me $8 to eat that garbage (I know what you’re thinking…who goes to Germany and eats Burger King?).
Personal Finance is going to be a part of my life as long as I’m alive. It’s in my best
compound interest to learn as much as I can and be proactive. Don’t be fooled, getting out of debt is NOT enough. In fact, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you become stagnant or lazy in regards to your personal finances, you should expect nothing but stagnant results. Intentional saving/spending/investing/giving is the only way to ensure success.
I’d like to pretend that I’m really healthy, but something inside me says that would be a lying…especially since I just finished a bottle of Coke. Being healthy, when you really think about it, is quite simple. Eat foods that won’t kill you and work out a few times a week. That’s it. But why are those two simple tasks so hard to do? My hunch is that it’s a lack of discipline. I think this is particularly true for those of us that are naturally skinny. I can eat just about anything I want and exercise sporadically without really packing on any extra weight. It’s one of the perks of being young. I trick myself in to thinking I’m being healthy, just because I’m not overweight. But I know as I age, and my metabolism starts to slow down, I will have to make some adjustments to my diet and my activity level if I want to stay trim. What’s that phrase again “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”, well in this case…”The road to a heart attack is paved with fast food and Dr. Pepper.”
Alright, I’ve been honest with you all, now it’s your turn to be honest with me. What are some aspects of your life that you admittedly “suck” in (relationships, organization, faith, money, etc)? What are you doing to try and suck less? Why are the easiest things sometimes the hardest to do?