There are many things in our lives that have contradictions. I have many contradicting likes and dislikes in my life. I am afraid that life in general is like this for everyone: What might be some of yours?
Like a clean house — Cleaning house is a definite dislike.
LOVE my children — Highly dislike the messes they make.
Like my job — Disliked going to school all those years.
LOVE my husband — Hate his dirty underwear on the bathroom floor,
dirty dishes, soda bottles, and pocket trash
and coins left wherever he might happen to
have previously been. Hate having to ask
10 times to have the trash taken out!!!
(Whoa, I go on and on with this one!)
Like running — Hate when I’m too tired at the end of the day to do it.
Hate when it’s too cold to run outside.
Hate when I injure my foot and can’t run for a month
and a half.
Loved loosing my baby weight — Hated not having anything that fits.
Liked buying new clothes — Disliked spending the money.
Love when my baby falls asleep in my arms — Hate when I can’t feel
my arm after an hour.
Like when my children are on their best behavior during church services.
— Disliked it when I was having to take
them out 5 times to re-enforce the word ‘NO’.
Love eating — Hate(semi) the time you have to spend cooking.
Like not having a car payment — Dislike the Junker we drive!!!
LOVE the Lord — Hate how I always fall short.
Of all these things, the good definitely outweighs the negative aspects. Would it be nice to have always a perfectly clean house without having to clean it? YES! But as I always tell my husband when I’m cleaning out a closet or a piled up corner, “It is going to get worse before it gets better”. I have also learned in my marriage that some battles are better left not fighting over. I have given up(for the most part) on the ‘dirty underwear on the bathroom floor’ battle. You clean the house, even though you would much rather be out playing in the warm sunshine with the kids, or watching a good movie.
When looking at this in a spiritual sense you begin to realize that there are many areas of our lives that should not be in contradiction. We need to grow closer to God, but we can not do so if we are not studying His word, if we are not with Him in prayer daily, and if we are not striving to obey His truth that we find in the Holy Scriptures. We can not expect to be content and happy if we are not putting him first in our lives. I find the times that I feel most overwhelmed and frustrated, are when my personal relationship with the Lord is at its weakest point. Am I praying everyday? Am I in His word everyday? Am I finding ways to serve him? Am I looking forward to worshiping the Lord weekly and being with my Christian Family? And on those days when I don’t feel like doing it…..(whatever ‘it’ might be for you), are you finding the will(digging deep) to do it anyway?
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” — Colossians 3:17
Likes/Dislikes Love/Hate —- The list could go on and on….BUT….I would like to know some of the creative one’s you can think of. I know that some of you are wittier than me.