I have started counting how many times each day I do things that I know better than to do. I am not even talking about morally right and wrong stuff. I am talking about this kind of thing: I didn’t put on my blinker when I know I was supposed to. I picked french fries as my side instead of broccoli. I didn’t clean up at home. I didn’t drink enough water. I kept watching TV instead of playing with my kids. I didn’t read the book even though I had time. I could keep going and going…and going. In all of these things, the reality is this: I know what I should do and I just do not do it. I could make the list exponentially larger when I start adding right and wrong stuff as it pertains to my faith. These are actions, attitudes, and thoughts that I have or commit while knowing I should not.
So here is a an idea: Forget about learning new stuff. What would it look like in our lives to just push play on the stuff we already know we should do. Here is my challenge: Pick one thing you already “know better” about and start doing it today. Just pick one and go for it. Here are some ideas:
- Plan a date night for your spouse that will happen in the next 7-10 days.
- Cut out something in your diet (For example: pop/soda).
- Replace watching a show with reading a book.
- Stop speeding.
- Drink more water every day.
- Plan two new activities with your kids this week.
- Clean out your music list. (For example: songs that demean women)
I think most of us, our education far outweighs our obedience to that education. Let’s just pick something we know better about and change it.
Amen, my brother. If we APPLIED half… even a quarter… of what we “know,” we could show Christ to more people, and they would believe us. When our actions mirror our words… or our knowledge… we become worthy representatives of the Lord Who bought us.
Oh that stings. I am so guilty.