Commit your works to the Lord, And your plans will be established.
– Proverbs 16:3
My Dad loved to motivate with “snippy” sayings. I never thought they were very effective; actually, I thought they were annoying. One that he loved to say (he was a do it right the first time kind of man) was: “If it is worth doing, it’s worth doing right!”
I didn’t realize until graduate school that I had “heard” more than I thought. Several of my friends were in the same class and we had a major research paper due the next day. The paper was far from finished, but they wanted to take the night off and turn in the paper late. The words of my father echoed in my mind, “If it’s worth. . .,” so I stayed and finished the paper. It was one of the few times I ever remember writing my father a personal letter. I thanked him that his push in my childhood had motivated me to do the right thing as a young adult.
“Stick-to-itiveness” is not a respected quality in our “me/now” society. Many do not see fulfilling a commitment as an honored value. Contracts are studied as to how they can be broken. Too many marriages are dismissed as though no “holy vows” were made. The fervor of volunteers fades as soon as the work becomes tedious and unappreciated. Students throw away a semester’s worth of accomplishment during one period of frustration.
Nothing of value ever comes without a cost. If it is easy, then the results are short lived. The things that are precious are few and are to be treasured and protected.
The phrase “it shouldn’t be this hard” did not come from anyone who accomplished a great thing.
First Place is no different. There are nine commitments:
* Attendance – show up
* Encouragement – weekly encouragement
* Prayer – communicate daily with God
* Scripture Reading – a fresh word from God
* Memory Verse – a weekly Bible meditation
* Bible Study – feed the soul
* ‘Live-It’ – fuel the body
* Commitment Record – accountability
* Exercise – physical strength
At least one of these will be your “tough” challenge. This is where you will answer, “Is it worth doing right?” Am I worth it? There will be the subtle challenge to, “just this once…,” but you know that is just the break in the commitment that can keep you from your best. Worse still, when we choose the “broad way” we are kept from the narrow path to God’s best.
Keep on – It is Worth Doing And Doing It Right!
Dr. Bill Heston
Howard Payne University
Dr. William Heston was minister of pastoral care at Houston’s First Baptist Church; clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a marriage therapist licensed by the state of Texas. He has also led seminars at First Place Conferences.