“Okay, Mom, roll your tongue like this….”
Concentrating hard and willing it as much as I can, I try to roll my tongue but it just won’t roll.
It’s the same with winking. I try and try but I can’t get just one eye to close while keeping the other one open.
It’s a family dinner pastime around this house. “Let’s watch Mom stick out her tongue and scrunch up her face!” Bwahahahaha
As much as I want to roll my tongue or wink just one eye, my genetic make-up makes it nearly impossible to do.
My own desires can be the same way. I can want to act one way but my innate nature… that hidden inner self… doesn’t always do right. It battles against what I know to be right.
Paul writes about this in Romans 7:15 “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
We know it is right to practice love, be patient and show kindness but our wanting to do something and our actions are not always one and the same.
That’s why we need Jesus and His help on a daily basis.
What I want to do does not always play out in my every day.
As much as I try, I fall short.
And that’s why I’m thankful for grace and His strength in my weakness.
We can’t will ourselves right but when we yield our will to His righteousness we see right results.
You may have one up on me with your tongue rolling ability and that sweet wink of the eye but I’m guessing we are the same in not always practicing patience and showing love towards others.
And as much as we try on our own we don’t get it perfect each time.
But can I encourage you to keep trying!
We’re not perfect in our faith but we keep moving forward. We’re not alone but His strength is being made perfect in our weakness.
Forgetting what is behind and straining on toward what is ahead. We press on together toward Him and all that He has for us.
Happy Friday friends! Have a great weekend!