This is very challenging. We need to rest in the grace of what Christ has done.
We live in an age which confuses activity for fruitfulness.
Christians can import that confusion into the way they follow Jesus.
Part of the discernment process of wisdom is not to simply know right from wrong, but to also know which is best from among a range of worthy opportunities.
From Randy Alcorn.
The hardest lesson we learned in our first twenty years of marriage was this: life is full of good, worthwhile, and meaningful programs, activities, organizations, causes, and ministry opportunities — the vast majority of which we cannot and should not be involved with!
It is not sufficient that something be good or important. It must be the best and most important for me, and God must show me that. Why? For the same reason that if I have a hundred dollars to spend on groceries this month, I should buy meat and milk and fruit…
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I find it difficult to say “no” to a ministry opportunity – or did until I realized that whenever I did, I was robbing someone else of the blessing of filling their call!
This is a comment/invitation – I really enjoy your blog, and have a “One Lovely Blog” award waiting for you at http://lessonsbyheart.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/whatever-is-lovely-award/ 🙂
Thanks so much…and yes that is a very good point!!
And I am yet to figure out how to do a post with awards nominations, but I am working on it. Thanks for your encouragement.
Copy my post, paste it into a “New” one for you. Change the wording (or don’t). Type your nominees in place of mine, then visit their sites and invite them to come to yours to pick up their awards. If you know how to add a link to your post it makes it easier for them, if not, they can find your blog through your comment – then navigate to the correct post!