Path of Least Resistance
A teenager had decided to quit high school, saying he was just fed up with it all. His father was trying to convince him to hang in there. “Son, you just can’t quit! All the people who are remembered in history didn’t quit. Abe Lincoln, he didn’t quit. Thomas Edison, he didn’t quit. Douglas MacArthur, he didn’t quit. Elmo McCringle…” “Who?” The son burst out. “Who’s Elmo McCringle?” “See,” the father replied, “You don’t know about him; HE QUIT!”
A common phenomenon in nature is, “The path of least resistance.” Electricity moving through a conduit will always travel where it has the easiest route. Rivers always travel around a mountain because it is easier than going through one. Cars are developed aerodynamically so there will be minimal wind resistance. And many people are like that too.
It is easier to sit in front of the T.V. than to go to God’s house. It is easier to get angry at your spouse and let that anger smolder over the course of time than to sit down and work the problem through. Gazing at the newspaper is much easier than having a personal time of Bible study. And so we find that we humans are prone to take the path of least resistance.
But there is one difference between us and a river or electricity. They will never have to give an account of what they have done. We will! Listen up! No matter what you are facing, quitting will profit you nothing. But whole heartedly following God’s plan for your life will win you everything.
Here are five keys to help you stand tall when you feel like quitting: (1) Focus on God’s Word instead of the problem; what you focus on is what you will believe. (2) Take one step at a time in faith; inch by inch anything is a cinch. Like the song says: “One day at a time sweet Jesus.” (3) Stay positive and thankful; God said He would never leave you nor forsake you. A positive attitude makes you glad and your enemy mad. (4) Vocalize your needs to God with expectation; Jesus said ask and it shall be given. So expect! (5) Refuse to settle for second best; If God is for you who can be against you?
Defeat isn’t part of God’s character and neither should it be a part of yours. Calvary was no cake walk. It was a bloody mess. But He went into it with a positive attitude and came out the other side with victory and power in His name. Here is where He defeated PTSD, sin, sickness, bondage, fear, insecurity, loneliness, and hell for you. He went through a horrible battle to set you free from a defeatist mindset.
Christ paid a big price for your freedom; therefore, commit your life to Him and He will help you put away thoughts of defeat, failure, and hopelessness. Quitting will no longer be an option. You will have a drive to make it with God’s help. It’s impossible to lose when the owner of the universe is on your side. Know this, the Champion of champions is rooting for you to make it all the way to the top. For more info and service times you can visit us online at www.JoyChristianMinistries.com.
Keep On Trucking
I’m convinced that everyone on the planet has a dream to be somebody or even to make a significant impact on others. The sad truth is, most people quit when they reach a tough spot then throw their shattered dream into the garbage. Listen up! We have an invisible enemy who can make us think that our most valuable dream is so impossible that we give up on it. But, be encouraged and dare to dream big. Hold on to your dream. Be stubborn and refuse to quit! When it seems like the enemy has defeated you, pick yourself up, square your shoulders, lift up your head, dress your face with a smile, inoculate your mind with the Word of God and say, “Yes I can do it!” Then start trucking. You will be amazed at the success that will come to you.
The following is attributed to “Gentleman Jim” Corbett, who held the heavyweight boxing title for five years at the end of the 19th century. “Fight one more round. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the center of the ring, fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round—remembering that the man who fights one more round is never whipped.”
A dream becomes a reality because we want it to. A dream becomes a reality because we dare to keep pushing forward. In spite of what some teach, things do not just evolve. We have to have a dream, believe in that dream, develop that dream then put that dream to work.
We don’t have electric lights because of evolution. We have power to our homes because a man had a dream, believed in his dream then with much work developed that dream. Thomas Edison set out to invent the first electric light bulb. He saw it first in his head then he worked tirelessly to create it. Hundreds of times he failed and I’m sure that same invisible enemy that harasses you told him to quit: “It’s useless! It won’t work! You’re wasting your time!” But every time Edison failed he kept on trucking because deep down inside he knew that his dream would become a reality. Dreams are rather easy, but developing them takes faith, work, patience, and determination.
Most people know that Abraham Lincoln was a president of the U.S.A., but what they don’t know is he had less than three years of formal education, he failed in business in 1831, was defeated for the legislature in 1832, again failed in business in 1833, was elected to the legislature in 1834, defeated for speaker in 1838, defeated for elector in 1840, defeated for Congress in 1843, elected to Congress in 1846 and defeated in 1848. He was defeated for Senate in 1855, defeated for the Vice Presidential nomination in 1856, defeated for the Senate in 1858. He kept on dreaming and trucking. Joy is a Christian church in West Sacramento, CA. For more info and service times you can visit us online. www.JoyChristianMinistries.com
Every baby starts life like a little savage--completely egotistical and self-centered. Babies want what they want, when they want it, be it a bottle, mother's attention, or a dry diaper. Deny a baby these "wants" and he or she is seized with rage. Babies have no morals, no knowledge, and no skills for survival. All children, not just certain ones, are potential delinquents!
If permitted to continue in the self-centered world of their infancy, where they gave free rein to every impulse and had every want instantly gratified, all children would grow up in that mold of depravity. That is the stuff out of which are made thieves, criminals, killers, rapists, and miserable people. They are not happy unless they are gratifying their flesh. Then, are they really happy? We are told that suicide kills more people in America, every year, than car accidents. Why? Because people are not happy. They have stuff coming out of their ears and are greedy for more. And the more that they get the unhappier they are. We have too much stuff and we are unhappy.
Just recently a ten year old boy got mad at his mother because she took his video game away and he hung himself. Obviously, he was permitted to continue in the self-centered world of his infancy. He got want he wanted or would throw a tantrum. He never learned to be patient, obedient, and respectful. He was an adolescent with an infant's mind. Denote, unhappy people are self-seeking and will usually have wild mood swings or experience deep depression. They can have a short fuse and make life miserable for others. They can turn a party into a disaster.
We must teach temper with temperament if we plan for our children to mature into successful adults. If you give a child a gun or money, 9 times out of 10, he will have an immature attitude toward them. He will have no respect for either and possibly misuse them. It is the parents responsibility to teach their children the good from the bad and how to be respectable citizens so they will mature and develop a healthy attitude.
One day some guys put Limburger cheese very gently on a friend's moustache while he slept. He woke up about an hour later and said, "This room stinks!" He walked into the hall and said, "This hall stinks!" He walked into the living room and said, "This living room stinks!" Then, greatly perplexed as to where the smell was coming from, he walked outside and exclaimed, "This whole world stinks!" And the real problem was right under his own nose--just like the problems of the world.
If we will take the initiative to clean up our own lives and to train up our own children in the way they should go there will be a big improvement in our world. Instead of looking to the government for instruction and to the school for discipline we have to take the bull by the horns and start doing what is right at home. If we will start today there will be hope and peace for the next generation of children. For more info you can visit us online at www.JoyChristianMinistries.com. Sunday morning worship at Joy begins at 10:00 a.m. Come with expectation & anticipation!
Pastor J.C. Myers, III
Pastor J.C. founded Joy Christian Ministries in 1992. He was Sr. Pastor at Joy Christian Ministries in West Sacramento, California from 1992-2016. He was succeeded by his 2nd son, Pastor Brandon Myers who had been under his father's ministry and teaching for 39 years.