Freedom from Overcommitment

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The decisions you make determine the schedule you keep. The schedule you keep determines the life you live. And how you live your life determines how you spend your soul”. – Lysa TerKeurst

I will be the first to admit that I have gotten used to living a life that is marked by jumping from one activity to the next. Gym, shower, work, catch up with friends, study, dinner, repeat—with hardly a moment to take a breath in between. The occasions where it has become abundantly clear to me that this pattern does not work have not been peaceful “aha” moments. The revelation that I’ve accepted too much on my plate has come in moments where I’ve felt over stretched, worn out, and frustrated. When we’re constantly buried under the schedule we’ve chosen to keep, it’s easy get accustomed to this feeling of being overcommitted and mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausted. So how does this all change?

We have to be intentional

When we are seeking God’s will for our lives by spending time with Him in the word and in prayer, we can be more aware of where God is leading us. The knowledge of where God is leading us can help us to ask and answer the following question: “Is this opportunity in line with the direction in which God is leading me?” We can find ourselves feeling as though we are going in fruitless circles when we are not being intentional about where we are spending our time. We must be intentional if we are going to walk in our purpose.

We have to prioritize

What has been most difficult for me is accepting that sometimes we have to say no to good opportunities so that we can say yes to great opportunities. I think it’s easy to say no to things that are clearly not for us. But what about those times when an opportunity comes along that sounds good in itself? In these cases, we must go back to being intentional about how we are stewarding our time—when we say yes to one thing, we are simultaneously saying no to something else. The author, Lysa TerKeurst, eloquently expresses this idea by stating, “Whenever you say yes to something, there is less of you for something else. Make sure your yes is worth the less.” When we look at our schedules, we should frequently assess whether we have the time and energy to devote to our priorities.

We can’t be afraid to say no

The desire to please others may make it difficult for us to say no to those opportunities that are good in nature but not right for us for whatever reason. Colossians 3:23 serves as a reminder that whatever we do in life should be done for God and not for men. In those times where we find it challenging to say no, we can be encouraged by reminding ourselves that our obedience is to God and not to our friends, family, or coworkers. When we’ve taken the time to be intentional about spending time with the Lord and have devoted time to stewarding our priorities, we can find peace in knowing that our no can provide someone else with the opportunity to say yes.

Be fruitful

Ultimately, it is up to each one of us to decide if we are going to allow our schedules to run us or if we are going to run our schedules. We are all accountable for the way we steward our time. For those who feel overwhelmed by the demands of life, the good news is that Jesus offers us rest if we will run to him (Matthew 11:28). Nothing is too big for Him. Take a moment to rest in the fact that we do not have to work to earn His acceptance; we’ve already been accepted. God has not called us to live busy lives; he has called us to lives that are fruitful!

 

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:9-12 (NIV)

– Chantia

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10 Signs You May Be Losing Passion

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Steve Jobs once said, “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” 

Passion is the fuel that drives our lives. It gives us the momentum to move forward when everyone else accepts where they are. It’s a boost for the soul, when life becomes idle. Passion takes you places that information can’t. Passion can’t be taught, it’s only recognized from within and then owned.

Ministry takes passion. And not just a normal amount of passion (if there is such a thing) but it takes a lot of passion to fulfill the calling and mandate that God has put on your church. Passion will have you going out of your way to reach someone in need, it has you up at night wondering how to make your ministry better, it celebrates the victories, but then immediately looks at the next challenge.

If we plan to last in ministry, we need passion. You could say passion is prerequisite to preservation. You won’t make it to what’s next unless you have passion for the now. David said this about passion,

Passion for your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me. – Psalm 69:9 (NLT)

So we can agree passion is incredibly important to pushing ahead in our lives. Here’s some signs that you may be losing passion. At some point, every single one of us has dealt with at least one of these. The good news is, we serve the most passionate human being that ever lived, Jesus. Passion for His Father fueled Him, even in the darkest of times. So as we look at these 10 signs, let us not lose sight of the one who can reignite our passion in a moment.

  1. Prayer becomes more difficult than usual

    Prayer is such a vital part of following Jesus and leading other people too Him. While there is a healthy difficulty to prayer, you can tell your losing passion when it becomes harder than normal to pray. Thankfully, the Bible shows us even when we don’t know what to pray, the Spirit of God prays for us (Romans 8:26).

  2. You struggle to receive from weekly services

    I can tell someone is losing passion when they sit through church service and aren’t moved like they once were. When worship begins, does your heart still beat with excitement and anticipation? Is your soul refreshed when you sit under teaching? Do you still marvel and celebrate, like really celebrate, when someone turns to Jesus?

  3. Bible reading becomes a burden or unimportant

    Plain and simple, the Bible is never meant to be a book of obligation. It’s not a box to check off your list, it’s an opportunity to meet with a living God who cares deeply for your soul. Tip: if Bible reading has got you bored, go back to particular passages that you know will turn your heart back towards the devotion you once had. And even then, if you struggle to read your Bible, it’s okay. Look for someone to help you see something that you might have missed.

  4. You talk to the same people at church

    There are plenty of new people coming to your church every week. The goal is not to just see and fellowship with the same people you always see, but to meet others. Especially if you’re leading in ministry, your next great volunteer could be sitting in your seats right now, but if you’re only talking to people you know, you’ll miss them.

  5. Serving is only based on a schedule

    We use a scheduling program here at our church for our volunteers. I’ve noticed people losing passion when they only have a heart to serve if they’re on the schedule. The truth is there is not clocking out with Jesus, there is no moment where we aren’t available to Him. Passion isn’t something we can turn on and off. It’s present every moment.

  6. You expect to be noticed or seen

    When Jesus called us to ministry it wasn’t so we could be seen. Sadly, the longer we’re involved, the easier it can be to desire recognition. Of course when other honor us it’s great, but we can’t forget who this is really about. He’s not here to make me look good, I’m here to make Him look good, and if someone doesn’t see me, that’s okay.

  7. You stop changing and getting better

    The aim of our life, not just our ministries, is to get better and keep changing. There is a danger to remaining the same, even after following Jesus for years, we should always be longing to become more and more like Him. Every single day.

8. You’re not connected

It’s our goal every week to get our people connected. To our growth track, to small groups, or to volunteering. If we have steps for our people to take, we have to make sure we ourself are taking those steps. Ask yourself, “Am I connected to a group of people I can journey with?” Or is it just the people I serve with every Sunday.

9. There’s a lack of transparency

I’ll never forget how real I was when I first got saved. I didn’t care who I talked to, I was spilling my stuff out all the time. I just wanted to get as much help as I could, and desired to know how to follow Jesus. Now that we’re Christian, are we still learning how to follow Jesus? Or do we think we’ve got it down.

10. You question your calling too much

Passion helps you embrace where you are, and also pushes you to where you need to be. Similar to the Apostle Paul’s writings Philippians 3 and 4, where he says he’s content, but still pushing ahead. The problem is when we lack passion, we question things that God has already spoken to us about. We’ll sit and question if we’re really doing what we should be doing. It’s okay to assess where you are, but if you spend too much time questioning what you’re doing, you’ll most likely never get anything done.

While these 10 signs can be hard to acknowledge, they’re not insurmountable. With the help of the Holy Spirit, these signs can be just reminders to get us back to our knees and back to the basics of following Jesus. We never want to stop growing, and we never want to stop becoming more and more like God’s design for our lives.

We love you, we’re praying for you, we believe in you. You can get your passion back, right here. Right now.