Everyone has a different way of reacting to the world and to authority.
I am, by nature, a person who makes my own rules. I battle pride and I think I am smart enough to figure out my own way that works for me. It takes a long time for me to trust someone enough to submit to them and to listen when they tell me something. This is especially hard when I have to change my attitude or my behavior! I first attempt to justify why I don’t need to change. And then I punk out by saying I can’t do it.
I even do this with God.
I know a lot of really great, strong Christians. My “brothers” favorite phrases are “no days off,” “stay ready so you don’t have to get ready,” and “die daily.” And they are diligent, excellent living testimonies to these phrases.
But sometimes I get so caught up in that high expectation that I beat myself up because I “can’t” meet the standard. But God reminded me that we are called to live a life of repentance – turning, changing. Why? Because He knows that we will sometimes mess up. And if we get into the habit of turning around, we can spend less time battling guilt and more time thanking God for His grace that meets us where we are.
I could do penance from here to eternity for all the ways I’ve failed. Or I could skip that and simply say, “I messed up again. I am sorry again. I am turning from that bad behavior and turning toward You.” Even if I have to say that 20 times a day, it’s better than staying in my sin because I’m too afraid of the cycle.
Repentance is holiness.
And maybe the reason my brothers stay ready, the reason they are on Team Die Daily is because they have mastered the turning minute by minute. I just have to speed up.