Do I Have To?

"Do I Have To?"

I'm sure we've all heard or said these words before at some point in life. A month or so ago I had a conversation with a few friends and part of it went something like this:

Me: "I'm going to head home, it's late and I have church tomorrow."

Friend: "Come on stay, do you have to go to church?"

Me: Without pause or hesitation, I replied, "No, I don't have to, I want to."

That Sunday, sitting in church as I have so many other times, I was where I needed to be ... I NEEDED to hear everything that was said ... from the songs sung, the testimonials and messages given, the prayers and the fellowship with positive caring people in my life ... God truly had me placed where I NEEDED to be and I was Blessed to have recognized that is and was somewhere I WANTED to be.

Reflecting back on this conversation, I was also reminded of an elementary school teacher that I had. She would often use the phrase, "You don't have to, you get to ....". What an interesting spin. Back then it was centered around homework, we didn't "have" to do the assignments, we "got" to do them. As I look at it now, I think she was onto something. If the things we "have" to do in life to survive are viewed as something we "get" to do rather than something we "have" to do, a world of possibilities and exciting opportunities are opened up for us; we just have to be ready to see them.

So, the next time you think, do I "have" to do this, I encourage you to look at it as something you "get" to do. Eventually the things we "get" to do (yes, even working when we'd rather be out having fun or paying those dreaded bills) will lead to those things we "want" to do. God knows what he's doing even if we don't fully see the picture at the moment; we have to let go of control and trust in God.

Dear God, Thank you for not only placing us in those uncomfortable situations but for helping us to recognize that sometimes this is exactly where we need to be. Please help us to let go and trust that the tasks and obstacles placed in our path are things we "get" to do, not "have" to do; for with you by our side, all things are possible. Amen.

April Schauer

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