I recently decided to invite guest post submissions here at The Daily ReTORt, to be presented as part of a weekly guest post feature every Friday.
Can you relate?
Whether it’s taking time to read the Bible, work out or write, my inner drive seems constantly stuck in neutral. While idling, every distraction beckons me to heed its siren call.
- You should lay down. You worked hard today. Sitting at that computer and typing? In a sometimes air-conditioned office in Texas? That’s rough.
- You really need to watch that next Battlestar Galactica episode. You only have 83 to go. Who knows when the frackin’ Netflix gods will take them all away from you?
- You ought to work more on your blog design. Don’t worry that you haven’t written anything in months. People don’t visit your blog because of the way it looks, so get to fiddling.
I’ve lived with these voices for so long that they often need only whisper into my ear and I’m instantly on the couch, watching BSG, thinking about what my blog should look like.
This is not how I want to live my life.
A former pastor of mine often spoke of “The want to want to,” referring to a Christian believer’s lack of desire in pursuing Christ. He said that God can use even “the want to want to.” As long as you can get to the place of wanting to want to make a certain spiritual practice part of your daily routine, God will provide the grace to help you establish that habit.
I believe that holds true for spiritual practices as well as for choosing to redeem your time in other areas, like your relationships, your job, or your health.
Personally, I am terrible when it comes to reading my Bible on a consistent basis. As an editor and lover of words, this is ironic and maybe even blasphemous. Despite the fact that I grew up in the church, minored in religion during college, and served on staff at a church, I couldn’t honestly say that I’d ever read the entire Bible cover-to-cover. Years ago I wanted to change that, but I believe God wanted that to change as well. I can gladly say that, by God’s grace, I accomplished that goal.
However, this change did not come swiftly or without difficulty. I learned that what may subtly sit behind a lack of desire to pursue something meaningful is the thought that you can’t ever really change, that you’re on your own, or that God’s disinterested in you. These are lies. Believe the reverse and you may just feel the birth pangs of a “want to want to.”
What’s great about “the want to want to” is that you only need a mustard seed to start. Mustard seeds can be as small as 4/100th of an inch in diameter. Ponder that. God can do something impressive from even that. See Mark 9:24 as evidence.
I believe God will honor your desire to desire more because the end goal works for your good and His glory, insofar as what you yearn to do finds its ultimate resolution in honoring God or loving others.
“Don’t waste your time or time will waste you.” - Muse
Now, in the comments, it’s your turn: What are your major distractions? How do you get to the place to want to want to?