I admit it. I don’t know why but I get all worked up watching men wield swords, the broader the sword the better.
I don’t consider myself a violent man. I would not want to chop someone with a broadsword. I would not even want to see someone get chopped with a broadsword but this type of activity affects me.
Not too long ago, I was watching a tale of knights defending a castle in Old England. The “bad guys” were trying to scale the battlements. The knights in the interior of the castle were greatly outnumbered but my-oh-my they were optimistic and they were valiant. They faced overwhelming odds yet they knew how to wield their swords. Invader after invader met his end as he tried to go over the wall of the castle.
As I was watching the show, I found myself twitching with movements as if I was in the fight. I was mimicking the activity with my own body. I was itching to get into the action.
Why is that? Why do we admire action yet we are unlikely to take action?
I can tell you what I need to do to fix things in my life yet I don’t want to take the necessary steps to fix the problem. It takes too much effort. I don’t have a plan to see it through. It costs too much. It hurts too much. It takes too much time. I don’t have the willpower. I am not willing to let God take over.
Did you catch that last one?
God will help us to take action if we just ask Him to help us. He knows the steps and will put us in the situation to take them. He will give us the energy to make the effort. His plan [if we follow it] is the best plan. It will cost just the right amount. He will heal our wounds if we hurt. The time will be there, if he knows we are making steps to change. He will give us what we need to make the change if we ask him so our lack of willpower is not even relevant anymore.
Ok, let’s make fun of us men. We would rather watch action than do action.
Do you want to be bold? Pray this simple prayer. “Lord I don’t have what it takes to clean up my life but You know that I need to change. Please Lord, I ask You to supply what I need for change. I ask You to put me in a position to change. I am ready Lord; let’s do this.”
Get ready; you have turned your life over to Him.
He will keep his end of the bargain.
All excuses will be washed away….He will put you in a position to change.
Will you change or will you just be content to watch the action?