Sometimes…I don’t feel like writing.
Sometimes…I don’t feel like being patient with my kids.
Sometimes…I don’t feel like cooking dinner.
Sometimes…I don’t feel like cleaning up the same things I did yesterday.
Sometimes…I don’t feel like serving and giving…again.
Sometimes…feelings are overrated.
I may not feel like being patient, but I want my children to know they are loved, so I choose patience anyway.
I may not feel like cooking, but I want a healthy family, so I choose to plan and prepare meals anyway.
I may not feel like running, but I want to be strong and full of energy, so I choose to run anyway.
But the reality is…a lot of times I don’t choose it. I let my emotions win. I go with what I feel and I blow up at my kids. I get take out for the 3rd day in a row. I skip my workout, again. I let the dishes “soak” in the sink one more night.
I get lazy and I mess up.
But regret is a worthless mirage. Regret tells me to stay down and give up. Regret says it’s hopeless.
Regret is wrong. It is incapable of redeeming anything broken. Only Grace has the power to do that.
Grace treats us like we already are what we fear we’ll never become. – Beth Moore
So, I get back up. I try again. I keep fighting and keep running and keep holding my tongue and keep choosing patience and keep cooking my “subpar, but they don’t seem to mind” meals.
If you face things this week that you don’t feel like facing….if you want to do the right thing but have failed and fallen…
Get back up. Dust yourself off.
You’re not done until your dead and if you’re reading this you’re very much alive. And if you’re alive you haven’t done what you were made to do. And if you haven’t done what you were made to do, you have not fulfilled the very purpose for which you were created. And if you have not fulfilled the purpose for which you were created, the very best is yet to come.
The very best is yet to come.***
Today is Monday. It’s a blank canvas. Love your kids and make a beautiful, messy masterpiece.
***(This is a paraphrase from Andy Andrews interview from last week. Go listen for his much more eloquent version.)