Brett and i took the Mission Trip kids bowling this evening. Just to clarify things, I don’t bowl. I’ve never enjoyed it so I’ve come to the point in my life where I don’t need to put on bowling shoes and roll the ball just because everyone else is. I had a lot more fun just watching everyone else. The kids would pick a ball and walk over to throw it. I watched gutter ball after gutter ball. There was an occasional strike and of course everything else in between.
It reminded me of life and our good intentions. We get up in the morning determined to roll strikes all day long. We tell ourselves that today we will not eat sugar, won’t drink six cups of coffee, will exercise, won’t swear, will spend 30 minutes on devotional time and prayer with God, will iron and dust and will eat salad three times a day. We also tell ourselves that we will continue to follow our aforementioned resolutions every day from this moment forward! Well, we all know how long any list like that lasts.
I don’t know the formula for how to roll a strike every time you step forward to do it, but I do know that good intentions generally are just that…..good intentions. Truly I don’t think God has a long list of things we must and must not do. He just wants us to wake up and tell Him that today our life and actions are His.
In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence … I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:12; 16-19