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My husband Kevin has this thing he says and it is one of my favorite sayings of his.
"I don't have to. I get to."
For example, he often says "I don't have to go to work, I get to go to work," or "I don't have to go to band practice, I get to go to band practice."
I just love it. I've caught myself saying it lately, maybe not always audibly where others can hear it, but a lot of times I say it to myself.
It is a good attitude check.
"I don't have to go to church. I get to go to church," where it is air conditioned and has comfy seats. How grateful we should be that we are not in another country sweatin' it up during our hour or so of worship. Yet in other places people worship for many, many hours and do so with a thankful heart.
There are a lot of things that could be placed in that statement of we don't have to, but we get to.
We don't have to worship Jesus, but we get to. He could have made it some law that we had to worship Him. But that is not what our loving God came to do. He gave us the freedom to choose Him or not.
I am thankful that I don't have to have assistance in walking and breathing. I get to do those things on my own.
I don't have to have a bad day. I get to turn that day right on over to the Lord and let Him handle everything for me.
What is it in your life that requires you to have an attitude check?
I think we, as the human race are great at complaining. I attribute a lot of that to our fast-paced, give it to me now society. But I also know it is us just being selfish humans as well.
So, the next time we get ready to complain, gripe, fuss, etc., call it whatever you want, may we be reminded it could all be gone in a blink of an eye.
None of us are promised our next breath and it is only by the grace of God that we all have the many blessings he continues to pour out among us.
Remember it isn't I have to. It is I get to be a child of The King. And what an honor and a gift it is to be one of his.
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.