I Refuse

Lately I keep coming back to the same message.

It is a message that I have been writing about, a message that I have been reading about, and a message that I have been hearing.

It is a message about tearing down walls. It is message about putting down smartphones and iPads. It is a message about stepping away from Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

It is a message about meeting people face-to-face. It is a message about looking people in the eye. It is a message about connecting with others. It is a message about being a blessing. It is a message about doing good and living love.

We are not called to sit around and play games on our phones.

We are not called to ignore other people.

We are called to love them, to connect with them, & to share the Gospel with them.

We are called to do more than just read our Bibles and listen to good sermons on Sundays.

We are called not just to be hearers of the Word but to be doers of the Word. (James 1:22)

Josh Wilson has a song out that fits so perfectly with this message. It is called “I Refuse.” I love the message in this song.

‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care

I don’t want to say another empty prayer

Oh, I refuse

To sit around and wait for someone else

To do what God has called me to do myself

Oh, I could choose not to move

But I refuse.

Do you refuse?

Do you refuse to just sit back and wait for someone else?

Do you refuse to live like you don’t care?

Do you refuse to say another empty prayer?

Last week I said, “No more excuses.”

Last week I said, “Do it anyway.”

Today I am saying that I refuse…

To live like I don’t care.

To live in isolation

To make one more excuse

I refuse to just be a hearer of the Word. It is time to be a doer of the Word.

And there are so many ways to get started.

Call a friend and invite her for a coffee.

Sit down and write a letter to a friend who doesn’t live near you.

Turn off your cell phone when you are at home.

Take your children to the park.

Have a picnic with your family.

Turn off the TV and have a family game night.

Start where you are at. Start with your family and friends, and as the month of May goes on we will look at more ways that we can make a difference.

5 Replies to “I Refuse”

  1. Hi Misty! It’s great to link up with you today through #inspireandgrow! You’ve shared so much truth in your words…what we are called to do and what we aren’t. (As I write this I’m watching my teenage son play a game on his phone. This mom is convicted.) Thank you for shifting our focus where is should be…not just hearing the Word, but doing it. Impacting post!

    1. Thank you, Julie!

  2. A very needed message! Thank you for writing it. I’ve recently been on the other end of electronics (being ignored) so I know how it feels to be in a one-sided relationship.

  3. So glad you linked-up for #inspireandgrow Great post!

    1. Thank you, Katie!

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