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Part 2 I am impulsive…does that make me a bad person? VOL 105

April 2, 2016 | Comment

Part 2 I am impulsive…does that make me a bad person?

It’s not that I can’t plan…it’s more like I don’t want to. It’s annoying…why sit and think about what I’m going to do…why not just do it? Of course that’s flawed logic…I know that…but it doesn’t make me any more likely to plan.

As I re-read that statement and pull out “my truth” in it…I find it’s missing something. And that is this…while I might not bullet point my day’s activity, I do have a pretty good idea of what is going to happen… but when there are options, I’m going to force the day into my mold any time it’s possible. Did that resonate with anyone? Let me say it another way. I’m going to do what I want to do…regardless.

Going out on a limb here…but in my experience…impulsive people are generally selfish. They are not unaware of the needs and priorities of God and family and work and others…they just elevate their own priorities to a higher position than all the rest. They/we ultimately do what they want to do…first…often to the exclusion of all else.

Before I vilify all impulsive people,(and I are one…) let me just say that not all of us are selfish all the time. We have our moments when our impulsive actions are totally altruistic. Those moments are found more often than you might think as we “impulsives” who belong to the family of God still have the Holy Spirit guiding (sometimes “fighting”) us.

It is in those moments when we actually yield and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading that God seems to use that impulsiveness for his glory.

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