If, we are not careful, we will miss the gift of the day.
I have learned . . . the hard way . . . that doing too much, being too busy, saying yes before seeking God first, failing to have a day of rest, and not setting perimeters in my life to keep balanced leads to weariness, exhaustion, stress, and ultimately burn-out.
In my perspective, we find ourselves in the unwelcome place of being overdone when we live in our own power and strength, focused on the stuff, unable to see how to live any other way. The thing is . . . when we rely on the Spirit of God . . . we are enabled to do all the things that are ours to do, trusting that we are not called to do it all, believing God’s got it!
Productiveness does not occur when we’re too busy; however, when we’re wise with our time, living balanced, seeking God first. Jesus said:
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you (John 15:16, TNIV).
The gift of the day is knowing we’re chosen and appointed to do a specific and purposeful work through the direction and power of Christ.
When we live in Christ, we are freed to do only what we are assigned to do and to let go of what’s not ours to do without guilt or apology.
Put it on the life list: Choose purposeful work.
- Seek God first before saying yes.
- Choose to do only what’s yours to do.
- Be productive, grateful for the gift of being chosen and appointed to do purposeful work.
Learning to Kickstart the day living purposefully as Christ’s chosen and appointed.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)
Sermon: The Name