The title of this blog sounds like something from Jeff Foxworthy’s Redneck Dictionary. However, I find that is often a fitting phrase in my current world. This week I had to help, or should l say attempt to help, my son with math. “I used to could” do math! At one time I was very good at math and I would love to say that is still the case. Sadly, I cannot utter that sentence with any integrity.
You see, math is something you have to do in order to stay current. If you don’t practice it you forget the formulas, the inverses, and even what the heck a parabola is. It is embarrassing how much I have forgotten. Nevertheless, I understand the principle of diminishing returns. That means if I don’t use it I lose it.
How many places in our lives do we say “I used to could”? I would imagine that each of us have one or two. Mostly it is understandable. I used to could dunk a basketball, I used to could walk up a flight of stairs without needing oxygen, etc. The one place we never want to say it is when it comes to our relationship with Jesus.
So often we get busy and schedules get demanding and we let really good disciplines slide farther and farther back in our lives. Our prayer time and devotion time are no exceptions. If we are not careful we end up saying things like “I used to pray a lot”, or “I used to spend time with God everyday”. I pray that you don’t go the way of my math skills. Remember, if you don’t use it you lose it.
“Seek FIRST His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”