What’s that one thing in your life that you don’t want to think of giving up? I don’t necessarily mean serious things, but more of conveniences or a certain food you like to eat that you don’t want to quit eating in your day to day life –a certain habit you’ve gotten into that you quite like. Think of that thing….
Now, think of having to give up that thing. Does it make you squinch? (wait – is that even a word? Who cares, I think you know what I mean.) Well, I discovered what that thing was for me in my life right now when the Lord asked me to give it up.
I’m sure it’s not the only thing like that in my life, but it’s the thing that I think I knew deep down that probably wasn’t going to get me to where I need to be going — so I already knew that deep down. Then the Lord confirmed it when He said, “No” and in some other ways too. It was at that moment when I realized how important this particular habit was to me — the moment I considered having to give it up!
I said, “But Lord, it was working great in my life before, why can’t this work now? I don’t want to give this thing up, it’s the only thing I get to have (ok, I’m going a little further on this limb and saying, “in my diet”) that I enjoy and look forward to!”
But you know what? The Lord knows that it won’t get me to where I need to go. He knows what’s best, and I am thankful for that little push that leads me to a choice I have to make. I made the choice to go with His leading, and it’s not been easy. If you knew what this thing was you would laugh! I know you would because I’m even laughing at it right now. But it’s a thing in my life that I enjoy and love, and the Lord asked me to give it up, and to be honest I don’t really like that, but that’s okay.
It’s only going to get us to a better place when we take steps like these. I’m just remembering that this morning.