Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Don't Wanna

Some days there are things that I just don't want to do. That is probably not a revelation, but is more of a statement that we can all identify with. We don't want to go to work, don't want to respond courteously when we have been treated rudely, don't want to be patient as we wait in lines, don't want to work out or eat  right, and don't want to have confrontations with anyone. There are probably more things in a day that we don't want to do than those that we are eager to attack.

Benefit is found in the discipline of doing the right thing anyway. Getting up earlier than your body desires so you can read the Word and spend some focused time in prayer, getting on the exercise bike even though you want to sleep on the couch, and responding with genuine interest to someones recap of their day are all examples of developing the right disciplines. They help you form habits that overcome the lack of desire we often feel for doing the right thing even when it's difficult to muster the appropriate enthusiasm. There is a payoff that makes it worthwhile and the immediate satisfaction of completion is more desirable than the regret from doing nothing.

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