Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Faith in workboots

I left the TV on to make noise for the dogs while I was gone today. If it is too quiet Carmel gets anxious. When I came in I Walk, Texas Ranger was on. It was one of the last season of shows that got super sappy.

In the last scene Walker was in a hospital room talking to a little girl who was in need of physical therapy. The little girl told him she didn't need it because God was going to heal her, and she would walk again.

Walker took a deep breath and e told her a story. The ste ory went like this.

“Years ago I knew a man who prayed every day that he would win the lottery, and when he didn't win he got mad at God.”

The little girl said that was silly.

Walker replied, “Yes, it was, because in all the years he prayed to win the lottery, he never once bought a lottery ticket.”

I used to know a preacher who called it “faith putting on its work boots”.

It is something I see all the time. Someone wants something, but they don't want to work for it. They want it to fall in their lap, but don't want to put in the work to make it happen. They want to government to provide it. It is the sad welfare mentality that is pervasive in society today.

Don't just sit and hope and pray that you get something. If you want it – work for it. Get up and go out and get to work. Dust off the work boots and get out there. Dig a few ditches, sweep some floors, paint a house, haul some junk to the scrap yard. Don;t expect it to happen.

Recently I came into a position where I needed a bigger truck. My half ton pickup was just not big enough to get it done. So what did I do? Did I sit and hope one fell into my yard? Did I search Craigslist ads and pine for a new one and complain that I didn't have one?

No I got out and worked my butt to exhaustion to earn the money. I used my little half ton truck to earn the money I needed to get a bigger one.

So you want a bigger house, a better stove, a new television? Don't wait for the government to give you one. Don't complain that you don't have what you want. Go out and use what you have to get what you want or need.

Have faith. Ask and pray. But get out and work for it.