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’ve tried to open doors for years. Freelance writing, production work, speaking requests, teaching opportunities. I’ve searched. I’ve prayed. I’ve hustled. And all of those things are good. And necessary. But I am finally … finally … seeing things come together. To an outsider, it would seem like all of these great opportunities were offered overnight. Ha! The truth is I decided to stop stressing, worrying and trying to force things to happen. I calmed down. And decided to let them fall into my lap.
I’ve decide to trust God to lead me in the direction He wants me to go. I’ve decided that putting unnecessary stress and pressure on myself, is just that . . . unnecessary. And I’ve decided that some of those great opportunities that I missed … simply were not for me or it wasn’t the right timing. And it feels so good to feel God’s peace when I’m in the right flow!
Do I still make mistakes? Come on. Of course. Do I still get anxious? Occasionally. Am I excited about what God has in store? You better believe it. Let Him place it right into my lap