For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God. (Hebrews 7:19)
Relate: As he sat down on his bed before crawling in and killing the light, Ed saw the list on his nightstand. Has it been two weeks? Almost? Did he even one time in the past, what, twelve days do everything on the list? Those rules he set up for himself seemed like such a good idea at the time. Why couldn’t he follow them? A lot of time and effort went into creating those seven rules for a perfect life, but clearly, something was wrong with his list. What was missing? Ed scanned down the list.
Rule 1 – Wake up at a reasonable hour. He had planned to this morning but that stinking snooze button… by the time he was rolling out of bed there was less than thirty minutes before he had to be at his desk halfway across town. That meant to throw on the first thing he could grab out of his closet and head right out the door. It also meant that Rule 2 – Eat Breakfast and Rule 4 – Give yourself time to commute safely went right out the window. He could have sworn that cop that followed him for a half dozen blocks was going to pull him over for running that stupid stop sign. There was no need for that sign at that intersection anyways.
Ed figured he could have done Rule 3 – Make a to-do list each day when he got to work but he was walking through the front door already ten minutes late and he hadn’t even settled into his cubicle when that phone started ringing. From there, it seemed like one thing after another just had to be done and by the time he had a moment to slow down and make that list, the day was already halfway wasted. Perhaps tomorrow. Of course, when he was off to such a hectic start, Rule 5 – Take a deep breath and count to ten before speaking if you are angry or frustrated never even entered his mind. He really should apologize to Alyse tomorrow. Yes, he should have done it today. Right along with calling his sister to confirm that he will be bringing the family to Thanksgiving at her place this year and responding to that one email he had been vacillating on for three days now… all of these not happening meant he had also broken Rule 6 – Don’t leave anything unfinished you don’t have to. At least he was following Rule 7 – Take a moment to reflect at the end of each day. One for seven would make a terrible batting average though. There has got to be something missing. There has got to be another rule he can add to finally find that better life he is missing.
React: For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God. There is nothing wrong with Ed’s seven rules for a better life. If he were able to follow them he really would have a better life. If he were able to follow them…
That’s the problem, isn’t it? I am constantly making promises to do better. I am constantly coming up with ideas for how I can improve. They never seem to work. They never seem to last. I can’t tell you over the years how many day planners made it through a week or two before sitting on the shelf collecting dust. I can’t tell you how many excellent New Years’ resolutions almost made it halfway through January. It seems all the rules I make for myself ever really do is show me how short I fall from the ideal. The law makes nothing perfect but grace…
Thank You for Your grace. I am grateful for Your law as well. It is good. I know that the better I follow it the better my life will be. Your law is perfect. But it does not make me perfect. For that, I am dependant on Your grace. Your rules are good but Your grace… it is amazing.