I didn’t want to walk the dogs the other night.

One of our leaders of West found out her mother was in the final stages of life. I was bummed for her, sad for what she was going to have to face in the upcoming moments, hours, and days. I came home from the office and plopped down on the couch. Rolling around in my sadness.

“Hey, let’s go walk the dogs . . .”

“No, why don’t you go ahead and do it.”

“Is there a reason that you can’t?”

As soon as I answered, I realized how ludicrous it was.

“I’m sad.”

Just in case you are one to use excuses, being sad is not a good excuse to not walk the dogs. 😉

How often do you make excuses?

Anyone can say they will do something, but executing that plan is often way more difficult than we think.

It actually comes down to self-discipline.

Ask yourself this million-dollar question.

“If you were given a million dollars to do the task before the end of the day, could  you do it?”

If the answer is “yes, I could for sure have it completed,” then the issue isn’t a possibility.

It is possible to do it.

If it doesn’t get done or accomplished, then the issue is you. Lack of commitment.

Learning to manage our chimp brains and our emotions, so much of it comes down to our intentionality and our commitment.

What commitments do you need to make so that negative situations and emotions are not controlling your life anymore?

Can you do the work to not only make those decisions but make the commitment today?

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV):

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”


Grace and Peace,