A great illustration of not doing what we should be doing is seen in small children. Tantrums, which are caused by a number of different variables, are often initiated by an adult asking them to do something (or not do something) that they don’t want to do. For example, “Pick up your toys,” “Stop the video game,” “Eat your vegetables,” or “It’s time for bed.” Most people realize the value in doing the right thing but fail to have the motivation to get it done. This doesn’t just affect young children. How many adults stay up way too late watching Netflix? How many people aren’t saving and spending money properly? How many of us know we need to make that difficult phone call, but we ignore it on our to-do list? “Therapist and author Dr. Pat Allen says, ‘The only way you know you love yourself—or anyone else—is by the commitments you are willing to make and keep’” (BJ Gallagher, “Why Don’t We Do the Things We Know Are Good for Us?,” HuffPost, March 18, 2010, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/why-dont-we-do-the-things_b_409428).
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