A man borrowed a book from an acquaintance. As he read through it, he was intrigued to find parts of the book underlined with the letters YBH written in the margin. When he returned the book to the owner, he asked what the YBH meant. The owner replied that the underlined paragraphs were sections of the book that he basically agreed with. They gave him hints on how to improve himself and pointed out truths that he wished to incorporate into his life. However, the letters YBH stood for “Yes, but how?”
Those three letters could be written on the margins of ours souls: “I ought to know how to take better care of myself, but how?” “I know I ought to spend more time in scripture reading and prayer, but how?” “I know I ought to be more sensitive to others, more loving of my spouse, more understanding of the weaknesses of others, but how?” These are all good qualities and we know that, but how can we acquire them?
As Christian people we know the kind of life we ought to live, and most of us have the best of intentions to do so, but how? We are afraid because we know where the road paved with only good intentions leads! Paul, it seems, struggled with this very issue: “For the good which I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I practice” (Rom. 7:19).
In my thinking love and repentance are the key to “how.” Jesus said, “If you love me, ye will keep my commandments” (Jn. 14:15). If you truly love the Lord – “you will – you must.” But, because we are mere mortals we many times fall short of our spiritual goal – that is where repentance comes in. Repentance is feeling remorse for our short comings and then changing for the better. Perhaps these words of Paul should be our motivation: “Brethren, I count not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:13-14).
Press on toward the goal in love and repentance.
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1300 East Boynton Street
Hamilton, Texas 76531