You remember how a few posts back I talked a lot about how I love Legos? How I saved up money and pestered the parental units until I got the sets that I wanted? It's kind of like that. For a kid, Legos are a big thing. But they're so expensive nowadays! I mean, twenty bucks for a lego car? The only way for a kid to get that much money is to scrimp and save; I had to really want those legos if I expected to have any.
Or what about that bike I got when I was fourteen years old? I didn't want to depend on my Mom or Dad to take me places. I needed that bike, if only just to get away for a while. So, I mowed lawns. I cleaned the house. I helped out, and scrimped and saved just so that I could get that bike and find better places.
(Just a word of advice; if you're going to save up for a bike, save up more than four hundred dollars so that you can afford one that doesn't come from the rack at Walmart. I think I replaced every part in that bike except the frame, the fork, and the cassette on the rear wheel.)
All of this just goes to show that as human beings we have an immense amount of power. When we really want to do something, by golly we're going to do it!
It's the same way with God, really. A lot of times, we come to people's houses, and they tell us that they weren't able to do what we asked. They say that it's because they didn't have time, or they had to work, or because futbol was on, or some other excuse. Usually it boils down to that they didn't want it enough.
If the first desire of our heart is to follow God, and this desire is more important than anything else in the world, then we will follow God. That's all there is to it. If we desire to follow God and obey his commandments, we will come to church even if our job requires us to work on sunday.
Of course, I'm far from perfect. Even I don't measure up to this standard. But I am trying my hardest to have faith in God, and work for his glory alone. If I want it enough, it will happen.
When you want a thing bad enough to go out and fight for it,
To work day and night for it,
To give up your peace and your sleep and your time for it;
If only the desire of it makes your aim strong enough never to tire of it;
If life seems all empty and useless without it,
And all that you dream and you scheme is about it;
If gladly you'll sweat for it, fret for it, plan for it,
Pray with all your strength for it;
If you'll simply go after the thing that you want with all your capacity,
Strength and sagacity; faith, hope, and confidence, stern pertinacity;
If neither poverty nor cold nor famish nor gaunt
Nor sickness or pain to body or brain can turn you away
From the aim that you want;
If dogged and grim, you besiege and beset it, you'll get it!