You Will Find a Way …Or Not

For most people life is really about finding things to confirm what we already want to do.

Imagine you have plans for Saturday and then someone offers you free box seat tickets for the game. What do you do? Most people will change their plans. They will explain it to their children or they will make calls all night and find a way to get there.

Flip that over. On Saturday you have plans to work on your lawn. You really don’t want to. Then you get a call inviting you to a distant relative’s second grade piano recital (insert your own undesired event). Suddenly the lawn work sounds wonderful and you simply cannot go to the recital.

You will find a way to do the things you really want to do. And you will find a way not to do the things you really don’t want to do.

This is true in every area of life. Even in our spiritual life. We will find a way to do the things we really want and we will find reasons not to do the things we don’t.

There are two reasons I tell you this. One, you can stop lying to yourself about how busy you really are all the time. You will find the time if you want to. Also, you can stop lying to other people (like me). Everyone knows the truth.

Second, I find that the times I grow the most in life, especially my spiritual life, are when I do the things I do not want to do. When I make time to teach that class, attend that event, listen to that speaker or do that service, it often proves to be the most valuable thing I do. I think that is because doing things we do not want to do stretches us. It stretches our faith. It forces our mind open.

Resistance is usually a sign that I need to grow in that area. Sometimes the best thing to do is the most difficult.

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