Are you working for good, or to avoid bad?

November 19, 2009

in Acts of Service

Do you put more energy into trying to please your bride, or in trying to keep her from being upset?   Do you work for more, or do you work to try and avoid losing what you have?  Are you working for better, or to avoid worse?

I have seen a lot of men who seem to have decided they can’t risk what they have, even if what they have is far from what they want.  They would like more, or better, but in their mind the only way to have a chance for those things is to gamble what they already have. But in my experience, when you are all about avoiding loss at any cost, you will inevitably suffer loss. If you are not growing, you are shrinking, if you are not living you are dying.  If it’s not getting better, it’s getting worse. It can’t get better if you are putting most of your time and energy into avoiding loss; you can’t be making gains when you are just hanging on.

My point is that focusing on keeping what you have is a sure way to lose what you have – so why not focusing on having better? Focusing on better may still risk loss, but it’s not a sure thing, and you might actually get something better!

And yes, this is, another Seth inspired tip.

2 comments
zamari
zamari

I, also, believe this can be applied to our passionate, pursuit of Jesus Christ. Matt. 16:24-25[ESV] - "Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."

WildMan
WildMan

If a man really loves his wife, he will be willing to risk everything in order to set things right, including the marriage itself. If a man is only interested in protecting himself, he will lose what he has, and certainly never achieve what he wishes for. If a man sets himself to take that risk, he has to know that he could lose. But if he loses, it will not be because he is wrong, but because his wife has failed the test of true love.

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