On Doing Those Things You Hate To Do

business faith family life Jan 16, 2015

rehearsing your troubles

There are some things that I just torture myself over. Stupid. I know. But you know how you have those things that you hate to do and put off until the last possible moment or until life just smacks you in the face with it and you have no choice but to face that monster? We all have them. Mine is so lame too. Confrontation. Customer service. Phone calls. Emails. YUCK.

I would be forever satisfied if I never had to return a phone call or email again and if I could pay someone else to deal with the customer service side of my job. I hate it. I LOATHE it. I think about it day and night. I put off checking my voice mail and my email in fear of someone being disappointed in me.

I know! So lame!

But today I had an epiphany of sorts. More like a you are so lame! Why do you do this to yourself? moment. I was reading Jesus Calling {my morning ritual} and it said this:

Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, whereas you are meant to go through them only when they actually occur. Do not multiply your suffering this way!

Ummmm. Hellooo! McFlyyyy!! You're doing it wrong!

Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them MANY TIMES. Not just once. MANY. So that means when I'm putt off opening my email all morning, fearful of what it might hold, I'm putting myself through that torture. Over and over, every time I think about it. Every. Freakin. Time.

I'm only supposed to go through the troubles when they actually occur? Not one hundred times before hand? Jesus is a genius!

Ok, so maybe you already know this and you face your fears head-on the second they pop into your pretty little head. But I don't. So I'm going to work on this. Just answer the dang phone, reply to the rude email {They're really not all rude. I've gotten like one. My customers are very kind.} do the laundry, yada yada.

Oh. And I tried it. As soon as I was done with my devotions I opened the email and there were no scary ones! How bout that? I was worried over NOTHING! And now I'm not torturing myself over this stupid little thing that isn't even a thing.

So what's your thing? What's that thing that you put off until the last possible moment that is taking up precious space in your brain? Stop the madness. Stop torturing yourself and just get it done. You will feel so free!



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