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As I was getting ready to come to church today, I was helping my son to get a bath -- and quite frankly, he didn’t want to have a bath, especially because he couldn’t sit and play in the tub for awhile. And so he resisted and complained and made it difficult -- but we struggled through it and got him clean for the most part. As we finished up, I told him to stand up and get out so we could get him dried off and dressed for church; to which he responded, "I Can’t!"

-- I replied, "what do you mean, you can’t?"

-- He scowled at me and said, "Daddy, I Can’t!!"

-- Now unfortunately, we’ve been through this routine before so I knew how to respond. "You mean -- You Don’t Want To, right?" To which he begrudgingly nodded. It wasn’t that he "couldn’t" get out, he "didn’t want" to get out of the bathtub -- he wanted to stay in and play for awhile.

And I couldn’t help but think that this is so similar to the way that we respond to God’s call. He asks us to do something, and we reply, "Lord, I CAN’T! -- I’m too old... I’m too young... I’m not ready... I’m too busy... I have too many other things to do... etc. But deep down, what are we really saying? "I DON’T WANT To!" I don’t want to do it... I don’t want to change... I don’t want to sacrifice... I don’t want to stretch, etc.

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