Overcome Day 8: Straddling the Fence
Read: Matthew 14:22-32 and Revelation 3:15-16
Have you ever heard the statement “The grass is greener on the other side of the fence”? This is not true at all. The grass is greener, but it’s only greener around the septic tank. The grass maybe greener, but the dog is always meaner.
So many times we get caught straddling the fence because we perceive that what others have is better than what we have. We get stuck on the fence because we are not committed to what God has given us. To what God has provided us. To what God has blessed us.
Any guy out there can tell you that straddling the fence is not fun, is not comfortable, and can be very painful. Similarly, in life, when you’re not committed to a thing, it can be the same way. It can be not fun, can be very uncomfortable, and can turn out to be, eventually, very painful. Going through life non-committal can leave you in a very lonesome place.
Mike Ditka, legendary Chicago Bears coach, said “Dedication without talent is a daydream, but talent without dedication is a nightmare.” Your gifts, talents, and abilities will get you through the door, but your dedication, tenacity, commitment will keep you there. When you’re committed to something, you will go through hell and high water to accomplish it. When you’re committed to something, you will go through the fire to see it through. When you’re committed to something, you will fight for it, you will fight with it, and you will fight through it.
God despises uncommitted people. In Revelation 3, God says “I would rather you be hot or cold than lukewarm.” In other words, it’s not about what you’re committed to just that you’re committed. Because God knows committed people don’t see the grass greener on the other side of the fence, they cultivate what they have until the grass is greener on their side of the fence. Committed people don’t want what others have, they work what they have. Committed people don’t straddle the fence, they run through it.
Do you want the greener grass on the other side of the fence or are you working what you have on your side of the fence? Are you comparing or are you committed? Are you straddling the fence?
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