Can’t Get Right

by Jake Hershey on July 22, 2012

If you ever want to see a funny movie, I recommend “Life” starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.  The language is real salty, but if you can get past that, it’s a funny movie.  There’s a character in that movie whose name is Can’t Get Right.

I’ve been thinkin’ about having my name legally changed to that.  It’s got three words so I’d have a first, middle and last name.  My initials would be C.G.R., which sounds kinda cool, maybe my friends could call me that.   It would dang sure describe me better than what my folks named me.

Seems I haven’t been able to “Get Right” ever since I was born.  I was always in the principal’s office in elementary school (Can’t Get Right).  I never got in bad trouble in high school, but I did get kicked out of FFA due to my behavior at the state convention (Can’t Get Right).  My parents say I was never bad….just ornery.  Of course they are my parents.  I was raised going to church and pretty much couldn’t stand every second of it (Can’t Get Right).  When I got to college, I realized how much I enjoyed booze and subsequently wasted a lot of time and money on acquiring it for the next 7 years (Can’t Get Right).  A few years after that, I met my wife, got married and got serious about walkin’ with God.  Over time, a lot of things changed.  I committed to read my bible every day.  I cleaned up my language.  I learned to control my temper.  I quit gettin’ in fist fights.  I quit gettin’ drunk.  I tried to reach other guys like me for Christ.

It’s been several years since I decided to make those changes.  Guess what?  Some days I don’t read my bible (Can’t Get Right).  Sometimes I slip and say things that would make a sailor blush (Can’t Get Right).  Sometimes I lose my temper (Can’t Get Right).  Sometimes I drink more than I should (Can’t Get Right).  I haven’t been in a fist fight for years, but honestly, I have my wife to thank for that (Can’t Get Right).  There have been opportunities for me to share Christ with people that I simply passed up (Can’t Get Right).

God has really been dealin’ with me about a few of these things the past few weeks.  It can make a guy feel like crap.  Sometimes I just wanna throw my hands up in the air and ask God, “Why can’t I get right?”.

Recently, I remembered something that answered my question, “Why Can’t I Get Right?”.  God’s word says that we’re all sinners, that we’re always gonna be sinners.  It also says that Jesus ain’t about condemnation, he’s about savin’ souls.  If you’ve ever wondered, “Why Can’t I Get Right?”, maybe you should be askin’ yourself, “If Jesus ain’t condemning me, why should I condemn myself?”

The bible also says that we’ve been reconciled to God, that he no longer counts our sins against us.  And it ain’t because of anything we’ve done, it’s because of what Jesus did for every single one of us.  None of us are ever gonna totally “Get Right”!  That ain’t a license to sin, but dadgum it, I think that as Christians sometimes we’re too hard on ourselves….and that’s what the devil wants.  He wants us to believe his lies, throw our hands up in the air and say, “I’m never gonna be good enough, I might as well not even try.”

If we do that, the devil wins.  But as long as we’re honestly tryin’ to do better, God’s still got us….and we’ve still got God.

If you’ve been beatin’ yourself up lately over your actions….that’s a good thing.  It’s called conviction.  You’re bein’ convicted of your sins-that means you realize what you’ve done is wrong and you wanna change it.  And that’s a good thing.  That comes from the Holy Spirit.  It doesn’t come from religious hypocrites tellin’ you how to live.  It comes from that little voice in your head that says, “Somethin’ needs to change here.”  It’s when we’re runnin’ around like a bunch of yahoos with no regard for our actions that we’re in trouble.

I’m an outlaw by nature.  I don’t like authority, or bosses or rules.  But God made me that way for a reason.  There’s still a lot of things He’s tellin’ me I need to change.  But He’s also shown me that there’s a lot of things that have already changed and the fact that I’m convicted proves I’m on the right path.  If you’ve been beatin’ yourself up, quit.  Give it to God.  None of us are ever gonna be perfect.  We just need to keep tryin’ to be like the only man that ever was (his name is Jesus Christ).

On second thought, maybe I’ll change my name to Can Get Better, or Ain’t There Yet, or Ain’t Gonna Quit,  or how ‘bout Shut Up Devil?

Nah, I’ll stick with Jake.  It’s got a nice ring to it.

That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 

 2 Corinthians 5:19

Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.

Job 15:6

Jake Hershey 7/22/12

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  • Kevin,
    I tell you what, that nailed it not the head because I sure can’t seem to get it right a lot if times also!
    Thankfully God Searched for and found me, so glad we are saved by His Grace and not of our works:)

    Ps. Life is a great movie!
    You gonna eat that corn bread

    • Jake

      Lol thanks for the comment Jack!

  • Paul Hortenstine

    Thanks fo encouraging.
    Can Get Better

  • Can’t Git Right… That about sums me up. Most of the time I just can’t seem to get anything right. I stumbled across you over on Facebook. I am not a real cowboy but always wanted to be as a kid. I wore cowboy boots in high school and have a couple cowboy hats. Does that count?
    I think God has been telling me I need to change. I better start listening.

    I can relate to this post quite a bit. It really hits home for me! I just have 2 great dogs that keep me straight. I strive to be half the person they think I am.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Darin,
      This site is about being a Christian thru the eyes of a cowboy. It doesn’t matter what you wear all that matters is if you enjoy our ponderings. I encourage you to look at all of the things on here, most of them by Kevin Weatherby, who started and owns this site. He’s a gifted feller and I’m honored that he would ask me to join him by sharing some of my random thoughts. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to sign up here to get each devotion sent to your email. Also, check out our other site, God bless you’n yers.

  • Thanks for the kind words and warm welcome Jake! I do enjoy your ponderings here and have been looking around. I signed up for the devotions and I ordered the Great Cow-Mission. I have both sites saved to my favorites and will be back often. Glad I found you! Thanks again! God Bless!

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