The “Don’t” and “Why” of Life
I DON’T confess my sins against my wife to clean the relational slate and just move on. I confess my sins to honor her and the Lord.
I DON’T work out just to stay in physical and emotional shape. I work out so I can stay in a fight as long as possible to protect those I love.
I DON’T read God’s word to gain more biblical facts. I read it to know the Father’s heart.
I DON’T pretend to listen to someone’s opinion while crafting my response. I listen because it might inform and correct my answer before I open my mouth.
I DON’T vote for a particular political candidate based on their personality. I vote for the platform they represent.
I could go on with my list. You probably have a similar list. The reasons why we do certain things is important to know. Knowing what motivates our reasoning will inform and create our responses to the stimuli of life.
There have been many times when the Lord reminded me that my Don’t and Why list needed refinement and adjustment. I have even had them in reversed order at times. This struggle is part of the discipleship process. It is never a perfect science. It is a life-long process of revelation discerning what it is creating the content of our conversations and empowering our actions. Be patient with yourself because God is patient.