What to Do When You DO Know What to Do, but Don’t Feel Like Doing It

“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:17)

Sometimes things can become so overwhelming that we are at a loss at to what our next step should be; we simply do not know what to do.

Yesterday we saw how King Jehoshaphat handled just such a situation. He publicly humbled himself and prayed to the God of Heaven — “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” (2Ch 20:12). 

So now comes the question, “What do you do when you DO know what to do…but don’t feel like doing it?”

Let’s face it. There are times when we just do not feel like doing the right thing. And there are plenty of excuses that offer themselves to our cause. “Others aren’t doing it, so why should I?” Or, “Nobody ever seems to appreciate the sacrifice I am making, so why bother?” Or, and here’s a good one, “I keep doing the right thing over and over, but nothing changes. What’s the use?”

Any of these sound familiar?

Several years ago I was taught a profound lesson by an older man who cared enough to not let me get away with my childish ways. My car needed a brake job, and he was a mechanic. So I asked if I could come by his house and have him help me with the task.

“Sure,” he happily answered. “Get the parts you need and come on over. We’ll set up in my garage and have it fixed in no time.”

overwhelmedPerfect. I knew he would be there with his expertise and that the job would be whipped out quickly. I pulled into the garage and set the car up on jacks and popped all four wheels off, exposing the brake shoes for the replacement parts. He showed me what to do on the first one….and then left me to do the job myself.

“Uhhh; this is not what I expected” I thought. But he was in the house and I was in the garage. And take note of this, it was December in Colorado – and it was very, very cold. My finger grew more numb by the minute, and handling tiny little springs that were supposed to clip in just so was not so easy for a whining non-mechanic such as myself.

I tried several times to get it to work, and just could not figure it out. What should’ve taken no less than an hour at most had now tunred into a three hour ordeal, and I was exasperated — and all but frozen.

I knocked on his door and postured myself in pitiful need, like Bob Wiley in “What About Bob” (i.e., “I need, I need, I need.”).  The door opened and my friend looked upon my sad, begging face as I said, “I can’t do it.”

He looked at me for a moment – unmoved by my anguish – and simply said, “Do it anyway.”

He then closed the door and left me to sort it out by myself. That was a defining moment. It took about another frigid, frsutrating hour, but I finally got it done.

Afterwards I realized that there are times when the Lord says the same thing to us. “Do it anyway.”

Is it possible that the Lord is facing you with some challenge that you so desperately want somebody else to help you with; or rather, to just do it for you? And maybe, just maybe, the Lord has set you up for one of those moments when you get to conquer something you didn’t thing you could do?

So, what should you do when you DO know what to do, but don’t really feel like doing it? My friend, “Do it anyway.”

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