As noted in yesterday’s blog, Benjamin Franklin wrote in his Autobiography about his experiment with trying to achieve moral perfection.  In time, he would find out the same thing that Paul found out and reported in Romans 7:19-23:  that we often fail in our attempts at doing the right thing because of the weakness in our flesh.

Franklin reported, I was surprised to find myself so much fuller of faults than I had imagined;...And I believe this may have been the case with many, who, having, for want of some such means as I employed, found the difficulty of obtaining good and breaking bad habits in other points of vice and virtue, have given up the struggle…”

Still, he found some comfort in the attempt to strive for something higher, seeing that he at least was more aware of his own personal flaws upon reflection and careful observation of his personal behavior:  “But, on the whole, tho' I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell far short of it, yet I was, by the endeavor, a better and a happier man than I otherwise should have been if I had not attempted it…”

Personally, I think that it probably is a good thing to attempt to be a good person, consistently choosing the harder right over the easier wrong.  But I am very skeptical of our own ability to figure out what is wrong with us and needs our attention.  Most of us would either judge ourselves too harshly or too leniently in any given area.  This is when we need to seek out God’s wisdom and ask Him to examine us and tell us what our flaws are.  The Psalmist said it best: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts.  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24)

I pray that you would be guided by God in all your ways and that He would help you to know your flaws, your infinite worth in His eyes, and your immeasurable value to this world and to your part in God’s plans for you and for all of humanity.

 


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We all should have to these types of the passion in our life for getting success in our lives. Especially for those who want to become something great in the world they should have to follow these rules that you define here.

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10/06/2017 11:13pm

As a student, I believe that we should always aim high, that we should not only try to be contented with what we have right now, I know someone will question me about this but this is my own opinion. There are people who gets lots of opportunities but tend to disregard it and I personally think that it is wrong, well, I do believe that we have our own choices and I cannot dictate you on what you have to do, but I wish that you will be able to realize that there are still lots of things that you can do to improve yourself. We have to be passionate and believe in ourselves that we can do anything to achieve success so that we wont have any regrets later.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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