“But I don’t feel like it!” This is a common excuse I hear from my children on a regular basis when I ask them to do something. However, it is an excuse that adults often use as well. In the Christian life there are a number of practices we might call “Christian disciplines”. These include prayer, Bible study, worship, and witnessing. Too often we neglect these disciplines for no better reason than we just don’t feel like practicing them.
The Bible has an answer to this problem. Proverbs 16:3 reads, “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” There have been times in my life when I didn’t feel like praying, but I knew I should. So, I prayed anyway (committing my work unto the Lord). After praying, I was glad I did (my thoughts were established). The same has been true in other areas of Christian practice as well. Although I have not always been consistent, I have never been sorry for doing what I knew to be right.
We would do well to remember another admonition from Scripture. James 4:17 states, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” Always do what you know is right. You won’t be sorry.