Knowing and Doing

“The greatest gap in life is the one between knowing and doing. “ John Maxwell. I don’t know about you, but this is a huge problem for me. I have a HUGE gap between what I know I should do and what I actually do. Knowing is not the problem for me….doing is the problem. I let distractions, the “squeaky wheel” so to speak, take my attention from what I really want to accomplish. The truth is there will always be squeaky wheels…the immediate will always compete with the important. Success is simply a series of right choices. Do I watch Greys’s Anatomy or make a few calls? Do I work on being a better leader/person/friend or do I simply do what’s comfortable for me. Nope… knowing what to do is usually not the problem. I know lots of people who struggle with this same thing. Even Paul, the writer of a good deal of the New Testament, said ” I have the desire to do what is good but I cannot carry it out. ” Knowing what was good was not Paul’s problem. He even had the desire to carry it out…to do it…but could not. So what’s the answer? Well, Paul ended up saying that there was a part of him that didn’t want what was good. He called it his “flesh” and I guess that’s my problem too. So, I decided to live each moment today listening to God’s spirit that lives inside of me, instead of the noise of the immediate.
I don’t feel so bad about being such a slug in this area….even one of the writers of the Bible couldn’t seem to get it together in this “knowing and doing” stuff either. I’ll let you know how it goes….

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