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June 12, 2011


“I don’t feel like it.”

Proverbs 12:27

At some point or another, it is safe to say that we have all come to a point where we don’t feel like doing something we either know we should or are supposed to do. The list is endless so there is really no need to begin naming the things that we, at some point or another, “don’t feel like doing.” However, we know that if we give into our feelings and not do something we should or are supposed to do, there will be repercussions. While the repercussions can certainly vary in levels of seriousness, many times the results are feelings of stress, hurriedness, fear, remorse, or unpreparedness. Let’s take a school or work project, for instance. We usually have an amount of lead time that we are given before we have to turn in and/or present the project. When looking at methods of addressing the work at hand, we have a number of options but at its essence, how we go about completing the assignment can be in placed in one of two camps: incremental or crammed. Many of us know the crammed method…wait until the last minute to try and knock out a project that is due…Monday…when just starting on it the Friday before. Let me speak from experience: inconvenience because now I have to likely stay up half the weekend focusing solely on the project (no fun), I’m stressed, wishing I had worked on it more over the past month, fear that I will not finish in time, and then when Monday rolls around and I am in front of my class or colleagues, I feel wholly unprepared to present. Sound familiar? Of course, this is the best case scenario…finishing the project. What about the spot where we wait until the last minute and something happens, beyond our control, that keeps us from working on the project and thus it does not get completed on time. And when our name is called to take front and center… the point of truth…we have to tell the teacher, professor, boss, client, etc…, “I am not ready.” I can think of a couple of results to the last scenario: bad grade, being fired, losing a client, just to name a few. Proverbs 12:24 says, “The diligent find freedom in their work; the lazy are oppressed by work.”(MSG) What if we went the incremental path…like we know we are really supposed to? Yes, it could mean over the next month we have to head to the office or quiet spot at home more than we may like (forgoing more pleasurable activities), get up early, stay up late, etc… in order to knock out some work on the project. Despite whether we feel like it or not…we do it. Why? Because of the potential outcome. It is no different with our time with God and in prayer. However, in the case of life, we are not given a “due date” for the life project He assigns us.

Challenge: Proverbs 12:27 says, “A lazy life is an empty life, but ‘early to rise’ gets the job done.”(MSG) Not doing something because we “don’t feel like it” obviously brings with it potential consequences and repercussions. Life is the ultimate project and contains more “unlikeable” assignments and tasks than any workplace or academic institution could ever dream of. But in the end, if we will do the things we know we should, regardless of whether we feel like it or not (that is especially true about our time talking to and getting to know our Heavenly Father), when we are called front and center or faced with a challenge, we are likely to be more prepared, fulfilled, less stressed, and less impacted by uncontrollable circumstances that will inevitably arise along the way.

Prayer: Lord, I am so thankful that You are faithful and always there when I need You. I want to have more consistent time with You, regardless of my circumstances or feelings. Please help me. I know there are and will be times I feel unworthy, faithless, and just plain ungodly. In those times, please fill me with your grace, forgiveness, and redemptive power. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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