“For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” –Romans 7:18b
On a lovely, temperate, sunny day, I’m glad for the excuse that dog walking gives me to be outside. Honestly, I’m a bit of a couch potato, so I probably wouldn’t be motivated to go for a walk even on the nicest day if I didn’t have to. I’m grateful that I have to enjoy the weather because I have to walk Lexi. Likewise, I’m glad for the spur that walking with God gives me to do good works. Like St. Paul, I want to do good, but somehow I can’t get it done without God. I’m a well-meaning humanitarian couch potato. I probably wouldn’t be motivated to actually do much good if God wasn’t calling my name. James 4:17 says, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” Yikes! Mercifully, doing good works is like being outside on a perfect day: it’s enjoyable, encouraging, uplifting, heart-gladdening, and spirit-raising. I’m grateful that I have to enjoy good works because I’m walking with God.
Dear God, Thank you for helping me carry out good works because I’m walking with you. Amen