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Shortcuts: a method or means of doing something more directly and quickly than and often not so thoroughly as by ordinary procedure
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing -James 1:4
The LORD your God will drive those nations out ahead of you little by little. You will not clear them away all at once; otherwise the wild animals would multiply too quickly for you. -Deut. 7:22
Have you prepared something to eat and before you cooked it you had to read the instructions first? The reasons for the instructions are:
1.) To give you the desired outcome of what you are preparing
2.) It’s been tried and true over an extended amount of time to show the directions really work.
It’s important to have all the ingredients the recipe calls for so you can have a tasty meal for your family (or yourself). But what happens if you try to rush the meal (cook at a higher temperature) or skip one of the steps trying to take a shortcut because you are pressed for time? The meal comes out wrong and you just wasted your money trying to skip steps from the directions and the time needed to cook. Don’t you hate when that happens? Why is it we look for loopholes and shortcuts for everything we do? Could it be we know how arduous the long road we have to take to reach a desired destination?
James 1:4 reads let it (endurance) grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. The word Endurance in the Greek means Patience, endurance as to things or circumstances. Longsuffering, endurance towards people. It is associated with hope and refers to the quality that does not surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial. In other words if you go through the necessary process that God desires, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. What is that nothing? Getting everything you need from the enduring (example: you develop the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control towards others and these attributes become core areas your life).
I will give you three reasons why loopholes and shortcuts are not beneficial to your life. It’s better to go through the process:
1.) Shortcuts and loopholes tell us we can avoid hard work some things in life just cannot be avoided if you desire to live a productive life (working, responsibility, etc…). When we think there are quicker ways to doing something, in the end we have to go back and correct those problems and we wonder why life doesn’t work in our favor. Especially when we get older and start to look back over our life (once you hit 30 you start to think of all the nonproductive things you wasted time and money on).
2.) The necessary steps in life we avoided (shortcuts) comes back to haunt us as we get older (you can refer back to the first reason) Also, this could play into the way we were raised as children and repeated patterns that was unproductive we took into our adulthood. If our parents taught us a sense of entitlement and everything supposed to go our way we find life more frustrating as we get older. Surprise! God will continue to let the world keep spinning with or without you.
3.) Gives us a false hope that getting to a desired destination quicker guarantees success
When we see our favorite movie star, athlete or CEO of a major business on TV for some strange reason we think they just became who they are overnight. No one sees the hours of work behind the scenes Richard Branson put in to make Virgin what it is today. What about Beyoncé? We don’t see the hours of hard work she put in dancing in high heels for hours during rehearsal or eating right on a consistent basis. The list goes on and on….