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Who or What Is Your Worst Enemy

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Early in this new decade, I’ve been thinking about what holds me back – not just in writing although that’s certainly included but in life in its entirety. I suppose there are many things that contribute to not reaching my full potential (whatever that may be).
If I'm not careful, I can fall into lazy streaks, but I do my best to avoid that. I may not always be quick to take others' good advice and I learn the hard way. I can find myself getting side-tracked on rabbit trails if I'm not careful.

And the winner is . . .

Coming in at Number One is a lack of time. But wait a minute! We all have 24 hours each day to deal with, right? So the problem must not be time. It must be me. How do I spend the time that’s been graciously given to me?

I guess it comes down to the organization. Is my time organized? As I always do, at the beginning of each year, I bought myself an organizer where I can track my work, set my goals, and it even has a section where I can write in rewards for myself once the tasks are completed.

That’s all fine, but there is one problem. I don’t have time to keep it up. Also as I do every year, I end up trashing the organizer because it’s never up to date. My intentions are good, but my commitment, not so much. I suppose it goes against every rule. It makes even less sense, but I really do accomplish more without a plan.

Another thing about time – I’ve reached the point in my life when I can look back and realize I’ve spent at least 75% of my life. If my life was divided into seasons, I would definitely be living in the winter of my life. More days are behind me than are ahead for me.

So the next question is, am I satisfied with the spring, summer, and fall of my life? It really doesn’t matter. The question that is important is, what will I do with my winter?

Maybe the better question is what are you doing with your season of life? What is your worst enemy? Perhaps it is also time. Maybe haunting memories of a failed past? Could it be fear? A fear so strong it actually stops you from moving forward. Is laziness your enemy? It could likely be something else, but deep inside you know what it is. It’s time to bring it to the surface and deal with it. Add that to your Day-timer.

But there is something that goes past even the winter of our lives. Deep within our hearts we know we will live forever - just not in this world. We all have that innate sense that life will continue after death.

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As a pastor, I've had the opportunity to be involved with many funerals, and I've noticed there are two kinds of people that are present. But they both reflect the same thought. There are those who outwardly mourn the loss of a friend or loved one. They sit quietly or perhaps they weep as they consider what they have lost. Ultimately the thinking comes around to wondering where the dead might be at this moment and what really takes place in the afterlife. What might my end be?

On the flip side are those who are engaged in conversation, laughing and telling favorite stories in an effort to forget the reality their heart won't deny. The light-hearted group may not consciously recognize their thoughts. But it's there. What does the afterlife hold for me?

I've written many articles on why true Christianity is unique to any of the world's religions, so I won't belabor the point here. The simple fact is that Christianity is not a religion. You see, a religion is based on something we must do to gain God's favor. In reality, there are many religions that call themselves Christian, but in truth, they depend on their own good works to gain favor with God.

True Christianity is based solely on what God did for you. You enter into it not at all. God has provided through His own death on the cross forgiveness for anyone who comes to Him and seeks to follow Him. It's that simple, yet many make it so hard adding this and that to what God has already accomplished.

Faith can be a hard thing, but let me illustrate it this way. Many years ago, a man spread a tightrope across Niagara Falls ( I do believe this is a true story). He very carefully crossed from the American side of the falls to the Canadian side. Once reaching the other side, he asked the crowd if they believed he could push a wheelbarrow across to the American side. The crowd whooped and hollered and encouraged the man to do it. He did it!

Once he was back to the American side of the falls, he asked the people if they believed he could push the wheelbarrow on the tightrope over to the other side carrying a person. Now, it was really getting interesting. The crowd began to chant, "Yes, we believe. Let's see it." The man waited for the noise to die down. Then he simply asked, Who will be the first get in?

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My friend, faith is not believing. Faith is complete trust. God is waiting for someone to get in His wheelbarrow. I've taken the risk, so I know first-hand, He will not drop you. Don't worry about the season of your life. Think about the next phase for God breathed into the breath of life and His breath is eternal. I know it is not popular teaching today, but every soul is immortal and will live in either Heaven or hell forever. It is totally your choice.

Jesus says in Matthew 7:21-23, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

These were individuals who did many good deeds. They lived a religious life. Yet Jesus says, they were never known by Him. It is that "get-in-the-wheelbarrow faith" that saves one from eternal doom. Yet it does matter what you believe for we're told in Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is . . . "

Further, we're told in Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Again Ephesians 2:8, 9 tell us, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works . . . " Your eternal salvation is not dependent on your works. it is only for you to accept the Gift. God offers you the free gift of eternal life through the sacrifice of His Son on Calvary's cross.

May 2020 be the best year yet as you follow Christ. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. Live your life out here on earth with the joy of serving Jesus!

Comments

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on November 07, 2020:

I think that's how most people think, Tammy. It's hard to be heavenly minded when things on earth are falling apart. We had COVID. Now we have the election. tomorrow it will be something else. It just proves how much we really need Him. Your sensitivity is special..

Tamarajo on November 02, 2020:

Great reflection Bill. I loved the tight rope walker example of faith. Faith is so easy to say but how we live and the decisions we make often betray us.

Life in terms of time really is problematic for me. All of the "to do's" and necessities that require time seem to distract from the reality of the eternal.

It really shouldn't be that way in the sense that everything we do in time should be in view of the eternal and matters eternally.

This pure Gospel message is a reminder for me today to keep my eyes on the eternal things and be mindful of my doings in light of that.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on November 01, 2020:

Journey on, Denise. You're right. Winter is on the way in more ways than one. Make it count!

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on November 01, 2020:

I'm with you that time management is a real problem but I do try to keep to my schedule every day and I see progress even when there is some procrastination involved. I believe I am leaning into the end of my fall season and the beginning of winter as well but I know He still has plenty for me to accomplish so I journey on.

Blessings,

Denise

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 19, 2020:

You're welcome, Umesh!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 18, 2020:

We ourselves are the enemies. Well presented. Thanks for a deep understanding of these things and passing on to us.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on March 12, 2020:

I think most of us could admit to that, Tamara. thanks for adding your thoughts! I always look forward to hearing from you.

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on March 10, 2020:

BTW, I also wanted to answer your question about who is my greatest enemy: sometimes, it is myself.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on March 07, 2020:

As I said before, Jack, We agree to disagree in a civil Christian way. That's how it's mean to be.No problem here. Thanks for stopping by.

Jack Jenn from Nelson Bay NSW Australia. on March 06, 2020:

Hi Bill,

Even though we've disagreed on some things in the past and we probably always will and that's human nature but I enjoyed this article as have others.

I'm happy to say so and I hope you will accept that I don't disagree with everything you've said before - if something is worthy of a comment in a supportive way, then I believe it should be so.

Best regards Bill,

Jack.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on February 24, 2020:

I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Eiddwen. Please stop back as often as you can.

Eiddwen from Wales on February 23, 2020:

My first day back in a long time and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I now look forward to many more by you.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on February 17, 2020:

Just wondering, Denise - do you use an organizer?

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on February 16, 2020:

You made me laugh about trashing your organizer. In the end, you make time for the things that are important to you, the same way you make money stretch for the things that are most important to you.

Blessings,

Denise

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on February 12, 2020:

I'm glad, Tamara. that brings me great joy!

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on February 11, 2020:

Yes, I do love this post, and it has brought me great joy!

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on February 08, 2020:

Thank you for your encouragement, Nikki. May you and your family be blessed as well.

Nikki Khan from London on February 07, 2020:

Very interesting read, Bill. We have to follow the path of God to get His gift in our infinite world. May this year bring happiness and prosperity for all of us. Amen.

Blessings to you and your family!

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on February 04, 2020:

It's good to see you back, Tori. I have to check out your new write.

Tori Leumas on February 01, 2020:

This is a great article. God has written eternity on the hearts of men. I haven't been on Hubpages in a few months. I'm back now, though. I started a new story that I posted the first part of today.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 29, 2020:

Thank you, Devika. And thank you for taking the time to stop by and read!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 28, 2020:

You have an interesting insight about Christianity.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 22, 2020:

You're welcome, Dora. God will certainly be there for those who want to go higher and deeper with Him. Glad you're one of them!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 21, 2020:

Thanks for your solid definitions of Christianity and faith. My worst enemy has to do with time. I spend too much time observing, when I could be doing and trusting God to direct my path. It seems that it could also be a lack of faith. But God knows my heart's desire to go higher and deeper in my knowledge of Him.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 20, 2020:

Thank you William. I feel so much better. I went to the alter and confessed my sins, asking for forgiveness and I felt like I was born again. I was Baptized the Next Sunday. I was 24 years old. Thanks again.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 20, 2020:

That's a good observation, Ruby. None of us are "good enough." That's the beauty of Christ. He paid for our sins through His sacrifice. If you've personally trusted Him as your Saviour, you're forgiven whether you feel like it or not.

That doesn't mean we can just do anything we want. If we love Him, we'll do our best to please Him. Anyway, don't get bogged down on if you're good enough. Jesus is good enough and that's all that matters.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 20, 2020:

I think my worst enemy is fear. I believe in God, and I believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins to be forgiven. I know that Jesus selected ordinary men to follow him while he walked this earth, plus one who was a murderer, Paul, yet I still have this fear that I'm not good enough. I think, possibly, it's the church I attend. I used to be a member of a Baptist church, since my marriage I've attended a church that my husband has gone to all his life. He taught school in the Luth. schools all his life, plus being a principle part of that time. He has no fear. He knows he will go to heaven. Anyway, I didn't mean to write so much, and your article is really good. Thank you much.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 20, 2020:

Absolutely, OLUSEGUN. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 20, 2020:

Yep, you're right, Lori. He always gets in the way. Thanks for pointing that out. I think I run out of time because I'm not organized - at least with many things. thanks for dropping by.

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on January 19, 2020:

May God give us the grace to completely trust him. Amen

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on January 19, 2020:

It's a given Satan is my, our worst enemy, but in second place it would be me most of the time. But I think that's true of most people.

My main difficulty is not with lack of time, it's organizing my time and discipline to use it wisely and purposefully. Good topic.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 19, 2020:

Glad you came out of the shadows, Bill.Been there, done that. It's much more pleasant in the sun.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 19, 2020:

Who is my worst enemy? Me! I always have been. It was not until thirteen years ago that I finally "let go and let God," and my life changed for the better. I finally stepped aside and allowed life to happen without my interference.

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 19, 2020:

I know what you mean, Eric, but I was thinking - "Complete faith but a little doubt" really isn't faith at all. But at least Peter hopped in the wheelbarrow. Thanks for stopping by, Buddy!

William Kovacic (author) from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 19, 2020:

Thank you, manatita.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 18, 2020:

Some how reminds me of Peter walking and failing on the water. Complete faith but a little doubt and taking your eye off the ball may separate us.

manatita44 from london on January 18, 2020:

Well written. You put your points across well.