When I became a mother, my eyes were opened to one of my shortcomings--disobedience.
My son is now 2 years old, but he got an early start on testing his limits. I kept asking the question--why is he blatantly disobeying? I had a light bulb moment and the question came to me--why do I blatantly disobey? I know right from wrong. I know that snapping at my husband or losing my temper is wrong, but I do it anyway. I know that I should help others where I can, but I use my time and my money for myself. Why? Here is my list of excuses:
- Stress--when life gets piled up and feels out of control, it feels overwhelming. I hate when I have no control over situations and I get short-tempered.
- Mad that I don’t get my way--a.k.a pouting. Pouting usually leads to me doing things my way, or trying to. All I end up with is a bigger mess to and needing forgiveness.
- Frustrated at situation--I blame God when I don’t like something. He can control it to make it easier, but doesn’t. I take it out on my husband instead of waiting to see what God has in store.
Whatever the excuse, it never helps. It takes me further from God which leads to loneliness.
Good news--I am not alone! According to Paul in Romans 7:14-25, he struggled with purposely sinning. Paul then goes on to talk about being freed from sin’s power by The Holy Spirit (Romans 8:2).
As I am trying to teach my son to obey, God is teaching me.
I would love to hear how you combat blatant disobedience in your life.