Sometimes I Don’t Want to Be Godly

Sometimes I Don't Want to Be Godly // jessconnell.com

Sometimes I want to be selfish. I like having things go my way. I like being in control and I don’t like it when things happen that are

  • A- outside of my control, or
  • B- directly the opposite of what I would want to happen.

Sometimes I want to sit in my room and pout and hide from all the noise and chaos.

Sometimes I want to hide away rather than be in public and have someone ask me how I’m doing (“do you really want to know?”).

Sometimes I want NOT to read my Bible.

Sometimes I want to throw a pity party and have a navel-gazing session where I think of all the reasons why I have it harder than anyone else.

Sometimes I want to stew in anger.

Sometimes I want to feed my bitterness rather than forgive.

Sometimes I want to tell a complaining woman that even though my husband is a pastor, it doesn’t mean he’s perfect and sometimes I feel disappointment like she does.

Sometimes I deliberately choose to reach for my phone rather than my Bible.

Sometimes I feel like sitting around in my pajamas.

Sometimes I don’t want to get up to give the much-needed spanking.

Sometimes I don’t want to cook the meal listed on the meal plan.

Sometimes I’d rather sleep in even if other things suffer.

Sometimes I don’t want to clean a single. ever-lovin. thing.

Sometimes I’d rather think ugly, critical thoughts in my heart rather than believing the best about someone.

Sometimes I don’t want to read aloud even though I think it’s important.

Sometimes I want to grump and complain rather than “count it all joy.”

And all too often, I give in to these “wants.”

I’m thankful that even in those times:

  • I am precious in the sight of God.
  • I am justified and God sees me hidden in the righteousness of Christ.
  • I am loved and part of God’s chosen people.
  • I can rest and not “DO” out of an attempt to earn my salvation or God’s favor.
  • I am not “less” than I am in my moments of godliness.

I am also thankful that in those moments, I can count on:

  • God’s grace to help me choose the good that I don’t (in my flesh) want
  • God’s Word to come to mind from the Holy Spirit at work within me
  • God’s conviction to break through the strength and noise of my selfish will
  • God’s people to come alongside me and be the “hands and feet” of Christ to me
  • God’s previously-begun work to be completed in me

I am thankful that my confidence isn’t in ME. Right in the very moment when I am weak and unfaithful, He is strong and faithful.

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Jess Connell

Jesus-follower, Happy wife, Mom of 8 neat people. Former world-traveler, now settled in Washington. Host of Mom On Purpose podcast (momonpurpose.com). I write and wrangle kids.

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5 Responses

  1. Kami says:

    Needed to hear this today. Especially the last part. Thanks Jess.

  2. Diana says:

    “Sometimes I want to throw a pity party and have a navel-gazing session where I think of all the reasons why I have it harder than anyone else.”

    Ha! Yes, this is me!

    Thank you for this post. :)

  3. Amanda Sundby-Banry says:

    I am not “less” than I am in my moments of godliness.

    I love that! Thank you!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    This is one of my favorite posts. My list of “Sometimes I want…” is very similar to yours. Praise God for His grace! Thank you for sharing!

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