Have you ever caught yourself saying you have to do something? I have to go the grocery store. I have to workout. I have to cook dinner. I have to go to church. While these statements may all be facts regarding what you are doing, are these statements the actual reflection of your heart?
What if you get to cook dinner. You get to go to the grocery store. You get to workout. You get to go to church. Does get have a different connotation than have? Which verb reflects a heart of thanksgiving and appreciation? Which one reflects a begrudging dread? Which one would you want someone to use when describing time spent with you? Would you want someone to see their time with you as something they have to do or rather something they get to do?
So many times we don’t pay attention to our verbs and in all reality, our verbs speak our heart. I mentioned this when I wrote about about how we speak to our children in the post Just a Verb. The same concept holds true in our everyday language of what we are doing in the hours we are awake.
Do you feel you have to do something? If so, I would venture to say you look upon that activity with dread, trepidation, and anything that could pull you away from doing the have would be much appreciated. This task you have to do isn’t something you really enjoy but you know that it has to be done.
I don’t necessarily enjoy doing laundry, cleaning the house, or going for a run. But, these things must get done. So, I will intentionally shift my mindset from have to get and find thanksgiving in these tasks. I am thankful I have loved ones living with me that are wearing these clothes that need to be washed. I am thankful I have a house to clean. And I’m glad I get to run because that means I am able-bodied.
I don’t always have this spirit of thankfulness and do catch myself saying have when rattling off my to-do list. But, as I challenge myself to have a change in verb usage, I challenge you to do the same. I challenge you to be intentional with using get and see if it makes a difference in how you approach the task.
If we get to do things, do you think we will develop an attitude of gratitude rather than feel a cloud of dread over our activities? Do you think it is possible to display a spirit of thanksgiving and not take for granted the blessings in our life that lead to these tasks that need to be accomplished? I never want my family to feel like I have to love on them or serve them. I hope they always know that I get to do those things. I hope the same for you and I pray the power of ‘get’ will change your life!