The urgency was real. The need appeared to be legitimate and transcend common sense. The problems were clearly visible in black and white. People’s lives and jobs were at stake. Big money was at risk. Decisions had to be and were taken.
A year later, the facts are just as valid. There is no question that the analysis of yesterday reflected an accurate reality. The sad part is that the corners cut last year are causing extraordinary headaches today. In hindsight, there are lessons to be learned, yet the process repeats itself yet again and again.
“It’s stupid to try to get something for nothing, or run up huge bills you can never pay.” (Proverbs 17.18)
I do not believe it is sinking in yet. The stress and pain from old compromises do not seem to change my willingness to play the fool yet again; trying shortcuts, wanting something for nothing.
Why does staying healthy require good eating, exercise, and sleep?
Why does developing relationships require nurture?
Does real living require accountability, integrity, and listening?
I would have thought we would have found viable shortcuts by now; pills to deal with health, retreats to solve relationships, and total freedom for real living.
God tells us that ends never justify the means, yet y behavior suggests that I believe this is a foolish statement. Is it?
I find as I get older I know less than yesterday. I need more time to comprehend than when I was young. I listen more now because I find I have less to say that is important. I used to think shortcuts were the quest of the day. I now like process because I know that I will reach my goal.
Today’s problems are real and painful; easy answers are illusive. There is an answer and it is incredibly easy to say yet hard to hold onto. God is the answer, not just to the pain but to anything with life in it!
Want to get ahead? Seek God.
Want to win and win big? Seek God.
Want an answer? God.