By, Joette Knapp
“In fact, I don’t understand why I act the way I do. I don’t do what I know is right. I do the things I hate.” Romans 7:15
Have you ever been guilty of knowing you should do something but not doing it? Most of us have been guilty of that at one time or another. Even the apostle Paul admitted he did that in Romans 7:15. So why do we fail to do what we know we should do; or, avoid certain things that we know we’re suppose to do? I don’t know if there is an easy answer to this question. But let’s explore this a little further…
There have been times in my life where I knew I should call someone and I didn’t. That person may have needed an encouraging word that only I could give them. They may have been at a crossroads of a decision they needed to make and my words of wisdom may have helped with their choice. They simply may have needed to know someone cared enough to call them. But I didn’t act on the idea when it popped into my head. I let my everyday routine get in my way and before I knew it, I’d forgotten all about making that call.
Did I do this intentionally? Of course not, I cared for my friend very much. I just let the busyness of my day get in the way and I missed a blessing and my friend missed whatever it was they needed from me. But, when we do follow through and do what God has prompted us to do we are blessed- and so is the other person! Let me tell you a story about the impact this has had in my life…
I was the recipient of a friend who acted on God’s prompting to call me.
It was back in 1997 and I was facing the worst experience of my life. My life had turned upside down and everything I’d known and believed in was changed forever. There were nights when the kids were staying with friends and I was an emotional wreck. Then the phone would ring and it would be my friend, “God told me to call you.” This beautiful friend didn’t know what I was experiencing at that moment, but she knew about the divorce and she acted on the idea that entered her mind – “call Joette”.
We’d talk for hours, sometimes she would come over and we’d sit and talk and she’d let me cry. My friend helped me through those initial months when I could hardly breathe let alone cook, clean, work, and most of all, be a sane Mother. All I wanted to do was crawl in bed, put the covers over my head, and stay there. My friend loved me enough to not let me. She encouraged me to seek counseling and gave me hope that life was not going to be this way forever and would get better. I heard her prayers to cover my children and me in the only way God our Father could, with His great love. She was my lifeline because she was obedient and cleared her busy schedule for me.
We are not on this earth to live alone.
We need each other every day. We have friends by choice. Treat your friends the way you want to be treated. You know when your friends are going through a difficult time in their life, be it big or small. Be a good friend and call them when they pop into your mind. Better yet, show up at their door step and tell them that you are there to watch their kids for an hour, or take them out for coffee, or whatever you can think of.
Don’t do what you don’t want to do, do what you know you should do. Be intentional in your thoughts and actions and eventually it will become second nature to follow through with what the Lord puts in your heart to do. There is something you know you should do right this minute. Don’t regret that you didn’t act on it. Do it today!
~ Coach Joette Knapp