A broken arm required me to re-evaluate my life. I couldn’t keep up with the pace I set for myself, partly because of pain and partly because I couldn’t drive to events. The truth is that three months of a clear schedule made me very happy because no one expected me to do anything.
Now that I can drive, the requests for my time are all on again. Come see me here, drive me there, what about me; if you were my friend you would…. Ah yes, I am right back where I started.
I have come to believe that God set me apart for a reason and I need to live what I have learned or he might have to set me back again. As A. W. Tozer said, there are enough hours in the day to do what God wants you to do, and no more.
I am carefully evaluating what stuff I took on for the wrong reasons; reasons like this. I already addressed this on the January 29 devotional but now that I am sling-free I am surprised how much of it I have to deal with all over again.
- No one else volunteered?
- I was pressured into the job by a superior.
- Someone else wouldn’t do their part.
- I was lonely.
- It made me look good.
- Someone guilted me into it.
- And the most important reason? I wasn’t listening to God when he said no.
But He said, Blessed (happy and to be envied) rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey and practice it! (Luke 11:28, AMP)
Prayer- Lord, help us sort the necessary and the Godly from the fruitless walking in the paths of others. Help us all live by choice, not chance. Give us the courage to wipe our schedule clean of all that is not ordained by you. Amen.