Focus on Faith

Last week, we talked about your big picture goals.  Who do you want to be…what do you want to accomplish?  This week, we’ll talk about the realities of that.  Most of us have lots more on our plates than motherhood.  We have to make tough choices every day about what we say yes to…and what we don’t.

For me, the big picture for faith is knowing God and using my gifts to serve Him.  How do we know Him?  The same way we get to know anyone–by learning about Him and talking to Him:  by reading the Word and praying.  So, in my day, I know that I need to make space to read the Bible and pray.  I’ve made a commitment to read through my Bible cover to cover every year.  So far, I’m sticking to my plan! I also know that God has placed a desire in my heart to help moms stay home with their kids and to help orphans.  Those are the kinds of activities I want to focus on–including my Christian women’s studies courses, my work with the Network Marketing Dream Team, and, of course, WorryFreeMom.

But many of us, as we discussed last week, place expectations on ourselves that are not part of getting to know Him and don’t have anything to do with our purpose.  God says that He created good works for us to do for Him (Ephesians 2:10)–and we will always be happiest when we are using our gifts to help others.  There was a time when I was the coordinator for the preschool Sunday School program, I led the girls’ teen Bible study, we hosted youth group at our home, we often hosted our small group at our home, and we volunteered in many other areas at church.  All of these were GOOD things…but saying yes to too many things tends to lead us away from God, rather than towards Him.

Take a look at the things that you are doing every week “for God.”  Are they bringing you closer to Him?  Are they things that allow you to use your gifts to serve others?  Please note, I’m not saying that you should never do anything just for the purpose of serving (like volunteering in the nursery, etc–sometimes we have to do things that we aren’t gifted at or that we don’t want to do).  However, when those things keep you from the primary purpose, they need to go.

When you’ve got a lot going on, sometimes you have to make sacrifices.  Sometimes you have to say no to things you are doing and even things you want to do in order to have a sane life and focus on the things that are important to you.

Today, really think about all the activities you’re involved in…are they bringing you closer to God?  Are they allowing you to use your gifts to serve Him?  If not, maybe it’s time to say no and start looking for ways to serve that lead you closer to your purpose.

Karen

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