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Serving people is almost always inconvenient

Serving people is almost always inconvenient.

So often I don’t feel like making the effort, giving the time, or dishing out the dollars. Even when I know I “should”.

But inevitably, when I’m able to get over myself and move beyond my feelings I begin to serve and my feelings almost always change.

Recently I was given the opportunity to do something that would require a big effort, a big sacrifice of time, and a huge inconvenience in terms of scheduling.

Believing it was the right thing to do, I said yes.

And now, having done the “thing” I’m so, so, so glad I did.

Yes, there was some sacrifice involved. Yes, it meant adjusting a whole bunch of life to make it work. Yes, it would have been much easier to just say no.

But if I had said no I would’ve missed out on an incredible blessing – the blessing of giving.

Jesus said it’s better to give than to receive. it wasn’t just some good idea when he threw it out there. It was (is) truth. And I can testify to that.

I’m amazed at what I’ve received simply by choosing to give.

Sometimes the giving is difficult at first, but always as I’ve chosen to give (serve) my sentiments have changed mid-stream.

The giving becomes “easy” in that it flows.

And as you pour out, you’re also filled. (A very strange paradox.)

The surest way to be filled up is actually to give first. After all, if you’re already full, what room is there for more?

STOP.

 

Q for you: Do you ever feel like serving is inconvenient? Have you experienced that feeling changing as you’ve stepped into it regardless?

 

Love,
A

p.s. By the way, I think if you give/serve in order to receive something in return… you’ve missed the point and your selfishness can hinder the blessing. The point here is that receiving is a beautiful byproduct of the giving.

 

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I don’t feeeeeeel like it

Day twelve of this little project and I don’t want to write today.

I’m tired. I want to veg. I want to sit on the couch and let the tv carry me away.

It’s pretty rare that I don’t feel like writing.

I almost always feel like writing. It’s having the time that’s the issue.

So it’s weird to not feel it.

But that’s really when discipline is put to the test isn’t it?

Not when it’s easy, but when it’s hard. When we don’t want to. When there are other things vying for our attention. When there are other things to do.

When we don’t feeeeeel like it.

That’s when discipline really needs to kick in.

So I decided to embrace it, sit down, give myself five minutes, and write.

And now that I’m doing it, it feels good. Surprise.

I’m still tired. My eyes are heavy and my fingers moving slower.

But it feels good to conqure my own laziness. It feels good to not let my feelings rule.

As hard as discipline sometimes feels… it also feels good.

Funny, that.

Discipline feels good.

 

STOP.

 

Q for you: Do you have a love-hate relationship with discipline the way I do?

 

Love,
A

Click Clink Five is a blog by Adriel Booker. | Five minutes a day, unedited. | 2012 All rights reserved. | Adriel also writes on parenting and motherhood at The Mommyhood Memos.