The other day I was washing dishes. I do it. A lot. I have a beautiful window in front of my sink. I love it most of the time. The view, I mean. I get to look out into our back yard. I love it. Most of the time.
The other day I was washing dishes. It was later in the afternoon. The sun was shining right into my beautiful window. If you know the home in which the beautiful window is located (also known as the parsonage), the sun was coming from the left, beyond the hill. I didn’t love the view that day.
The other day I was washing dishes. Something that I do most every day became difficult on that particular day. I just didn’t want to.
Have you ever had the “I don’t want to” syndrome? Or it could just be the “I’m just in a plain ol’ cranky mood today” syndrome. It happens to the best of us. We wake up on the wrong side of the bed. It happens. Even to the best of us.
It’s helpful to recognize that we may have our good days and our not so good days. It’s also helpful to recognize that God gives us grace (meaning our unearned gift of God’s Son, Jesus, and all that happens as a result of this awesome gift) on those days. And every day for that matter. God sees us at our best. And our worst. He still loves us no matter what.
We may have our “I don’t want to” days. We may have our “I’m just in a plain ol’ cranky mood today” days. It happens.
We just have to make sure that those days don’t encourage us to take advantage of God’s grace. Like. All the time. Our motivation should come out of a response of God’s grace. That means treating our next door neighbor who is experiencing “I’m just in a plain ol’ cranky mood today” syndrome with love and respect. That means reading our Bibles on the “I don’t want to” syndrome days. It’s tough. I know. I’ve struggled too with these things.
Washing dishes. Well, if that doesn’t happen today, it doesn’t happen. Today, though, let’s live in response to that grace that God has freely given to us.
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.