Good At One Thing

October 16, 2010
by Robert Barlow

Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (NIV)

Have you ever tried to do something, and no matter what you do, it just doesn't happen the way it should? That is because God has created us to excel in at least one thing, and we just get by in most others.

I remember being at the school one year helping the grade six teacher with one student who was having difficulty in math. We went off to a quiet corner and started to work on what he just couldn't get. After a few minutes, I knew it wasn't going well. So I asked him about his favourite things. At first, he didn't get the connection between the math and the conversation. Then, letting his guard down for a moment, his eyes lit up, and I could sense excitement as he started talking about airplanes. I told him that he needed math if he was ever going to get a pilot's licence. The excitement in his eyes began to diminish, but before it was totally gone, we applied the math to aircraft. In minutes, he saw some connections, and he took on a few problems with more enthusiasm and determination.

I don't know how he did after that, but I knew he would make it in math. We are not made to do anything and everything perfectly. Using Abraham Lincoln's line with a little bit of licence, "You can do some of the things well all the time, and all of the things well some of the time, but you cannot do all of the things well all the time." But that being said, each of us is created to do a few things really well. And that is a good thing, for two reasons — because others can call on us to help them when they need help, and we can call on others to help us when we need the help.

Over my sixty-odd years, I have learned one other important lesson, that every one of us is good at one thing: loving God with all our heart and soul, mind and strength. The most important dimension of our existence revolves around a God of love, and He has put the capability for love within every single human being, even the ones who deny God. There is no defeat in how we love Him. We love Him perfectly in our own little way, and that, my friend, is great. In life, we may not win all the battles, and we have to admit to some defeats, but be assured, final victory will be won by Christ, the One in whom we give our love.

Prayer: Lord, if we can do only one thing totally right in our life, let it be to love You more deeply. Amen.

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Robert Barlow <barlowrw@yahoo.com>
Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada

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