Every day, when I get home from work, my puppy Nala is ready to play. Her favorite thing is tug-of-war. Before I know it, she has a bone, rope, or stuffed animal in front of me, wishing with all her heart that I pull on the other end.
The only catch is, she doesn’t really want to give it to me. She’ll get just close enough for me to grab it, but when I reach for it, she will pull back, determined for me not to have it.
She is frustrated because she wants to play so bad, but it takes her forever to be okay with me grabbing the other end, and then still, I have to surprise grab it - otherwise, she’ll get away.
Am I like that sometimes? Wanting something, but not wanting to go through the process it takes to get it?
I want to deepen my relationship with the Lord, but I don’t invest time in prayer. I want to learn how to cook, but I despise the grocery store. I want to get physically fit, but I don’t want to get up earlier than I have to, to exercise before work. I want deep friendships, but I don’t want to be vulnerable.
I need to remember that gold is refined by fire, and anything worth something costs something. The cost might be time, energy, or effort - but the more invested, usually the more significant the result.
Either way, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”
Yeah, it’s time for a change.