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Sunday, January 17, 2016

the attack of the guilty conscience

Recently I've been wanting to re-watch The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. I've been singing "I See Fire" and getting goosebumps just thinking about the Lonely Mountain and Middle Earth. My fingers have been itching to pop in my Blue-Ray, extended-edition, collector's copy of the LOTR--but there's just one problem:

I have kids.


What are my kids going to do for 30 hours (gotta hit those bonus features sometime, right?)? Friends, this isn't an easy problem to solve. Those kiddos aren't going anywhere for another 18 years at least.

To be completely honest, I've been a great present but absent parent lately. I wanted people to tell me I could slack off as a mom because I deserved it--and I found people who did.

But God wouldn't let me get away with it (hence my guilty conscience). Are you in this boat with me? Trying to weasel your way out of what you know you have to do because you're
   lazy
   bored
   busy
   scared
   selfish?


We know what God's calling us to do, but we're trying to Jonah around it. Not because we're disobedient--goodness no! We're quite the obedient children. We're just trying to be efficient, resourceful, and productive . . .

Mhmm, I'm definitely feeling you.

The problem is, if we're not doing what God's calling us to do, we are being disobedient. Not doing what's right is doing what's wrong.
Not doing what's right is doing what's wrong. [tweet]
So if you haven't set a resolution for this year yet--or if you have but don't have this one on your list--I've got one for you.

And honesty, I think it'll be the only one you need:

Do what's right.

That person you've been upset with, that situation you've been avoiding, that lie you've been feeding--
Do what's right. [tweet]

"People have a guilty conscience because they're guilty"1. I know you know what's right. And if you're still on your way to Tarshish, I'll leave Moses, James, and Paul to guilt you into the belly of the fish:

"Do what is good and right in the Lord’s sight so it may go well with you," Deuteronomy 6:18 ISV

"So then, if we do not do the good we know we should do, we are guilty of sin," James 4:18 GNT

"And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up," Galatians 6:9 TLB

in this together,


NOTES
1 Why You Act the Way You Do, Tim LaHaye