I don’t want to....
Can you hear the shrill voices of your kids saying this? I sure can.
But... to be honest, I can also hear myself saying it a lot lately.
We all get in this rut sometimes where we just keep repeating it.
I started this morning saying, “I don’t want to get out of my warm bed.” Then it continued with, "I don't want to work out." "I don't want to get the kids up yet." "I don't want to..."
Have you noticed? It has become kind of a plague in our society.
“Do the things that make you happy.” “Don’t do it if it doesn’t feel good.”
Shoveling snow doesn’t make me happy. I do it anyway. I’m always glad I did when I am done.
Cleaning doesn’t feel good while I am doing it, but it feels great when I am done.
Passing on the chocolate peanut butter dessert at a holiday party does not make me happy or feel good in the moment.
Because that's not the point! It's not about feeling good in the MOMENT.
The point is feeling good for the long term.
I have this powerful thing that I say to myself when I don’t feel like doing something.
“You don’t want to. That’s ok. I hear you. I love you. You don’t have to want to. Do it anyway.”
That’s kind of been my “mantra” (for lack of a better word) lately.
It’s been working really well.
Sometimes my “I don’t want to”s I listen to. I don't clean the bathroom. I don't work out. I don't make myself the salad and opt for the burrito.
I almost always regret it.
Lately, I have really made a shift. Discomfort is something I actually seek out. When I start telling myself “I don’t want to” that’s when I switch to, “that means I should do it!”.
Now, the better I get at doing things I don’t want to do, the closer I get to accomplishing the goals God has set before me.
That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. Romans 8:18 MSG
I agree Paul. There is no comparison. It might be hard now. I may not want to do it.
It will be all worth it later.
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