Overcoming “Whenyoudon’twantto-itis”

Devotional/Discussion thought of the day:

I think I heard it 15 times yesterday…..

First from my five year old – who didn’t wnt to get out of bed….

Then as the day progressed, it seemed everyone was tired, and would rather have spent the morning, if not the day, just relaxing, napping, ignoring the world around them, and just having some “personal time.”

Me too!

I can look from the outside and see that the causes, trying to get back into the swing of things after our kids have been on vacation break, having finally begun to “let down” after the holidays, (rest? really?  when?) I can also see the impact of our attitudes on our work – it becomes a little harder to be motivated,  we work a little slower, we don’t do as complete a job.  In truth, we would rather be resting, playing, just not… back in the swing of things…

Eventually we will get back to speed, eventually our attitudes should improve, but the longer we tolerate our rest…the more we lose out on, the less we see God working thourgh us, the more we become content with our half-heartedness.  Is there a way to pass this phase quicker, to desire not to go back to bed- but to greet the day and move on?

I know o only one way – to anticipate who we will spend the day with, to realize that we are going to get to see God at work today, as He works on us, working in us, wortking through us.  That we work on Holy Ground, not because of a burning bush, or an ark of the covenant, but because we work with God, He never leaves us on our own.  He is there, bringing His mercy and peace and love.   Knowing that drowns our lack of desire- and replaces it with anticipation.  Realizing that we died in Christ to sin, leaves us rejocing that there is no condemnation for e are in Jesus, we can find ourselves with confidence drawn into His presence., we can rejoice knowing all things will work for good, and so we find our work changing, from being toil to being time with Him….

It’s the only way I can struggle with the wanting to go back to bed…. for I know God has some things in mind today….that will drive me into His presence, remind me that not only can I depend on Him – He desires me to…..

May we all cry for mercy, even as we look forward to walking in His presence, with anticipation.  AMEN

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

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