We’ve all heard children say, “I don’t want to.” We usually hear this when we’re trying to get them to do something they need to do like get dressed, eat vegetables, stop playing, put away their toys, or go to bed. I have to respect the honesty of children. They don’t naturally make excuses. They learn that from us. They just tell us the truth, “I don’t want to.”
As adults we tend to say, “I really want to, BUT . . .”
“. . . I don’t have time.”
“. . . I am too tired.”
“. . . it is too hard.”
The truth is that we do what we want to do. There are things we know are good for us, but we do them only if we want to. I say, “I want to lose weight and be physically fit.” But do I? This involves eating right and exercise. I say, “I want a closer relationship with Christ.” But do I? This involves spending time with Him. What do we really want from life?
I challenge you to take time before this next week begins to look back at last week and look at your schedule for this next week. Is this really what you want? If not, then do what you really want.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). What do you want?