Faith Focus: I don't wanna

I just woke up, and I’m not sure which side of the bed is supposed to be the right side, but I definitely didn’t find it this morning. 

To make matters worse, I have a full day ahead of me. My schedule is stacked. Things that need to get done. People I’m supposed to see. 

And have a serious case of the “I don’t wannas.” I don’t wanna get out of bed. I don’t wanna do anything. I don’t wanna see anyone. 

I know you’re a better person than me, but do you ever have one of these mornings?

In Romans 7, it sure seems like Paul had them. Regularly. Take a look at verses 15-20:

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”

Emotions are a gift from God. In many cases, they help us accomplish what we previously thought impossible. They push us to push ourselves.

But we have to be careful with them. They can put us in the first car of the scariest roller coaster in the world, taking us on a trip that we don’t want to go on. 

This week, when you feel emotion pulling you in a direction you don’t want to go, seek to focus on where God is calling you. In the words of the old hymn:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Today is the day the Lord has made. I will get out of bed and rejoice in it.


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