We Did What We Had to Do

Look, my eyes are dry.  Truthfully, they are dry most of the time but not because I have that chronic dry eye thing.  It’s because I just don’t cry a lot.  Many times, I have felt like crying and couldn’t squeeze one tear.  I know that sounds strange to all of the bawl babies out there, and I don’t begrudge anyone their misty moments.  On that point, I don’t want to be judged by the quivering chin set, either.  Emotions are varied even among those of like temperaments, and we each may express similar feelings in different ways.  It is a thing true that we cannot gauge the feeling of concern one has for any issue solely on outward appearance.  I read in the Bible that looks can be deceiving though not in those words.

Many times, I’ve had to close the door and turn the page.  Occasionally, I’ve longed to remain in a place I knew was not meant for my continued occupation.  In general, I’m not risk averse, and I will attempt things rather than discuss myself out of them.  It has been said that pioneers get slaughtered, and settlers flourish.  I’ve refused to settle for many things in my life and have been run out of the region by the natives on more than one occasion.  Me and the horse I rode in on.  Few people will not suffer loss and continue living.  Many will wish their own departures from this life rather than the emptiness of being left behind when others decease or gleefully close them out as they scurry to greener pastures.     

Regrets…I’ve had a few.  You know the rest.  Most of my regrets, however, derive from outcome and not intent.  I would mention my remorse, but I have found that resurrecting old slights doesn’t serve as a healing mechanism.  I relive pain in the same manner as pleasantries- stopping by occasionally to reflect but staying my course.  It is sad to think that lofty goals do not insure legitimate gains, but it is often true in life and the marketplace.  The eternal view of our endeavors, however, may be quite different than that of current management.  In a real sense, what is done is done regardless of the intangibles, but we should not discount elements of virtue that don’t make it onto the stat sheet.

God’s Word reveals that seeming noble deeds are not profitable without proper motivations.  When reading Paul’s missive to the Corinthians, it may be hard to wrap your head around the idea that even martyrdom may be an ungracious act.  On the other hand, media outlets today make all of us aware that self-sacrifice may be made in unconcern, even animosity.  Sincerity is not the requisite for an action to be praiseworthy, and we can be sincere in the wrong things.  It is a business axiom that potential is not production.  Spiritually, our predispositions are of concern to the Creator and validate or set aside the accomplishments of our lives.  Being watchful with regard to motivations, it may be that our final can also be our finest hour. 

The Great Apostle indicated that our actions must have love as the impetus to be immortal.  He did not say that success determines value.  Rather, motivation is the question.  It is possible to be brave in our attempts and ineffective.  God does not forget the labor of love that receives no earthly recognition.  Knowing this may assuage our grief at labors unrewarded and give courage for future endeavors.  The citizens of this world seek its accolades, but the citizens of heaven are to seek heavenly rewards and crowns.  The results of our labors are in the hands of a God Who loves and cares for us.  In the end, faithful and pure efforts are what matter, and we can’t regret what we’ve done for love.


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