I am truly blessed to have a lot of talents, abilities and gifts. I know a lot of us are. Sometimes, it can be hard to choose which gift you will focus on, and where you will direct your energy. I used to struggle incredibly in this arena. I felt guilty for not agreeing to things, not taking on tasks, not doing what someone else wanted me to do. Then … inspiration. It’s not about what anyone else wants me to do. It’s not even about what I want to do. It’s about what God desires for me to do.
God wants me to be a whole person. Yes, absolutely, He wants me to selflessly serve my gifts to His glory and to benefit His people and His purpose. But I am also one of those people. So that means to be whole, I need to be sure I am served. So I serve myself with … rest … times of refreshing …. and by guarding my time. It sounds easier than it is, but with focus and determination, it can be done.
First, pray. Filter EVERYTHING through what God has called you to do right now. Pray and ask Him is this in line with my purpose and focus at this time? If you’re in a season of purging and simplifying, do you really think you’re meant to take on additional projects? Or if you know it’s your time to really focus and pour into your family because you’ve been a bit neglectful, should you be running off to further your career or volunteer for another project?
Next, don’t be moved by people. Don’t be moved by people. Do not be moved by people. Others will gladly tell you what you should be doing with your time, or how they think your time should be spent. There’s just one problem with that. They are not you. They don’t hear from God for you. Don’t let their disappointment or their desires overshadow what God is speaking to you to do.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to shift. An opportunity may come along that is perfect and what you should do. Or perhaps you have one plan and focus in mind and this latest offering takes you in a different direction. Go back to what I said first – pray. If this shifting is in line with what you should do now, go for it. If you told me before kids that I would end up homeschooling or loving being a stay-at-home mom/freelancer/visionary, I would have laughed in your face. But right now this is my calling. It’s exactly where I should be.
I was so touched by this video. What does it cost to be kind? A little time? A little effort? Not much. But the difference it can make to the one you help? Immeasurable. Enjoy.
Kindness … Courtesy of Viral Thread
So many people are so afraid to share with others. They don’t want to share their knowledge, because then you’ll know what they know. Share their time, they’ll be behind in what they’re trying to achieve. Share their resources and what they have … less for them later. And then they’re looking around, wondering why they don’t have enough.
If you want more, the answer is simple. Give more. I’m a giver by nature. I love to help people, to encourage and uplift them, to give them resources that can help them, to give my time and efforts to assist them. And it comes back to me … in huge unexpected ways. Like all of the incredible free resources people are unselfishly sharing with me on my new homeschool journey; like a gracious new friend who invited me to her house and showed me her set up so I can see a homeschool in action; like the many beautiful Godly sisters who love me through word and deed; like my husband who gives of himself to our family every single day.
Giving pays so much more. Expand your borders. Be a giver.