Recently, I found myself standing in a long line at the pharmacy being entertained by a conversation behind me. The banter began as two ladies exchanged stories from Christmas, then moved to plans for the New Year. When the subject of New Year’s resolutions emerged, one of the women said, “Oh, it’s too late for that!”
I’m not sure if the woman meant it was too late in life for her to make resolutions or too late during the year, but truth is, it’s never too late to improve ourselves. I’m not one to get caught up in forcing myself to change a habit because of a new calendar year. I would like to think I constantly strive to better myself. 2nd Timothy 2:15 instructs us to do our best to present ourselves to God. Our Creator wonderfully made us with an intricate brain and gave us talents and skills. Therefore we owe it to Him – and ourselves – to make the most of our abilities.
THE HOW-TO LIST
I stumbled upon a website titled 50 Things All People Should Know How To Do. The list is a basic guide to what every person should know how to do in order to be “self sufficient,” as the author claims. I listed a few of the top 50:
Perform CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver
Treat a snakebite, frostbite, burns and cuts
Drive a Manual Transmission
Deliver bad news
Change a tire
Handle a job interview
Give driving directions
Drive in a major city
Handle an ax, screwdriver, and other basic tools
Make a budget
Give a compliment
Listen carefully without interrupting
Know basic geography
Read a map
As I read the above, three things occurred to me:
1. We are never too young or too old to learn new things.
2. Even if I master all 50 tasks on the author’s above list, I will never be self-sufficient. 2nd Corinthians 3:5 states Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.
James 1:17 states, “Every good and perfect gift is from above.”
3. Trying to learn new things or improve ourselves is good, but living a Godly life is always the main goal. Am I taking steps to become better in area of my Christian walk? Can I spread the gospel effectively? Am I comfortable initiating prayer with others? How is my Bible knowledge?
COMMIT YOUR PLANS
Is there anything in your Christian walk you would like to improve? Hopefully the answer is yes, but what specifically would you like to improve? If there was a 50 Things All Christians Should Know list, which ones would you choose to improve upon? Whatever the case, please know it’s never too late. And, of course, the best way to accomplish any task is to put it in His hands.
“Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)