The Grandaddy Of All Mistakes and the Simple Solution

by Kevin on April 14, 2010

Been There – Done That – Got the Bruises

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Does it just seem like every time you put a foot in the stirrup to swing up into the saddle you come down on your head on the other side? Is your life pullin’ back and breakin’ every set of reins you have? Even when you don’t get bucked off, are you still so sore the next day you feel like you can’t get in the saddle again? Welcome to the “Grandaddy of all Mistakes Club”. Pull up a log or just take a knee while we see what that mistake is and what three results of this mistake are.

What is this mistake?

Time and time again, we have all been guilty of usin’ the phrase, “I guess now all we can do is pray.” The Grandaddy of All Mistakes is givin’ God the leftovers of our lives and our problems. This is as backwards as puttin’ on your long underhandles over your wranglers. It might get the job done, but if you get in a hurry for some relief, you might have wished you’d done it the other way. The old saying is “Don’t put the cart before the horse.” When we don’t give our lives and our problems to God first, it’s like trying to push a poly rope up the side of the barn. It just don’t work.

The 3 results of the Grandaddy of All Mistakes.
  1. I need more stuff. We live in a world that tells us that all we need to be really happy is to buy this or that–and we fall for it. We think that when we are able to have that new truck, new horse, or even that new set of handmade bits, that these things will somehow magically make us content with life. The problem is, we have a whole barn full of stuff that was supposed to make us happy and it didn’t work. Luke 12:15 Jesus says, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Instead of going after something that you don’t already have, how about finding something you already have and be thankful for it. By age two, most kids today have more toys than their grandparents ever owned in their entire childhood. How about when people had one pair of shoes for the entire year? We need to focus more on being thankful for what we have than pining  away for the stuff that we wish we had.
  2. Lookin’ for the easy life. Go ahead, admit it, you got on the web and looked at the website that promised you that you could make millions of dollars by working a few hours a week with this simple to follow plan. For 99% of us, it doesn’t work that way. What happened to being proud of a hard day’s work? When did sittin’ beside a swimmin’ hole every day become more popular than bein’ dead-dog tired after brandin’ a bunch of big calves. The value of a hard day at work is becoming a thing of the past. When I work cattle or build fence all day, I sleep better at night. I feel good about gettin’ things accomplished. I ain’t got the energy to worry about nothin’. And I sure don’t have to go to the gym to get a workout. Luke 12:19-21 tells about a rich guy who desired the easy life. 19And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ 20“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ 21“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
  3. Trying to control thunderstorms. Every day we go around our little lives trying to control every little aspect. We plan everything out to the littlest detail. We try to control exactly how our kids are supposed to act and behave. We expect others to do precisely what we think they should. We constantly analyze our lives, and at any given moment, we would change nearly everything around us. If it’s windy, we wish the wind wouldn’t blow. If there is a bunch of ‘skeeters, we wish the wind would blow. If it’s hot, we wish it were cold. If it’s cold, we wish it would be warmer. Are we ever just satisfied? In Luke 12:23, Jesus says, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life…” He goes onto say in verses 25 and 26, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?” When we try to control everything and everyone, we are tryin’ to be God. I assure you, none of us are up to that task. We only need concern ourselves with the person lookin’ at us in the mirror and let God have everything else.
The Solution.

The key to finally overcoming the Grandaddy of All Mistakes is to put God first in everything that you do. We need to stop givin’ Him the leftovers of our lives and make Him “Numero Uno”. If you believe what the Bible says, then I want you to pay very close attention to Luke 12:31. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.”

It really is that easy. When you put God first in everything, a strange thing happens. All that stuff that you thought you couldn’t live without becomes unimportant. You start doin’ a better job at work instead of tryin’ to get out of it. When you put God in control of everything, you worry less about what others say and do. You understand that He is in control and He’s gonna take care of you.

Don’t stand in the gate on this one. You CAN have the life that you have been looking for. You’re just not gonna find it at Target, or at a swimming pool, or yellin’ at the blowin’ dust on a windy day. This life is a promise from God himself. “…and he will give you everything you need.”

Sit a spell and share your tale of how you put God first and what the results were.

© Kevin Weatherby, 2010


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  • BBT

    Love it. Sooo true of myself and our society. I read somewhere that most of us need a GRATITUDE adjustment more so than an ATTITUDE adjustment. I am grateful for my bounty of blessings, thank you Lord.

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