Make Every Effort

If we sit and wait for someone to do for us what we can only do for ourselves, we'll be sitting forever. We'll never change. We'll never become better men, better husbands, better fathers, and better friends.

Make Every Effort
If we sit and wait for someone to do for us what we can only do for ourselves, we'll be sitting forever.

Do you have anything in your life that you want to change? Have you tried changing it, only to fall flat on your face time and time again? I have. A lot.

It's pretty easy for me to start playing the victim and blame all of my shortcomings on someone or something else.

  • "I would get up early in the morning, but my kids kept me up late last night."
  • "I would eat healthier, but it's so expensive with inflation and all..."
  • "I would spend more time with my family, but we need the money!"
  • "I wouldn't work on the weekend, but my boss is such a jerk!"

The truth is, if we sit and wait for someone to do for us what we can only do for ourselves, we'll be sitting forever. We'll never change. We'll never become better men, better husbands, better fathers, and better friends.

Becoming a better man doesn't just happen by accident. We might be at the age of physical maturity, but that doesn't mean we are mentally, emotionally, relationally, or spiritually mature.

We might have been married for a decade, but that doesn't make us good husbands. We may have teenagers in our house, but are we good fathers? And we might hang out with guys every week, but are we good friends?  

Becoming the kind of Man people will remember when we're gone isn't going to happen by accident, we have to be intentional about it. As John C. Maxwell once said: "An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance."

From personal experience, I can tell you that it is never easy to do what you really need to do. It gets easier with time, but it's still a challenge. Anything that requires discipline is going to be a challenge. But, nothing good ever comes easy.

So, are we going to spend our mental energy looking for excuses and people to blame for the situation we're in? Or are we going to start working our way out of it?

“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.” Dennis Waitley

Join us for our podcast tomorrow morning for our discussion about making the effort.