Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 1 Timothy 4:15 NLT
I have been blessed to have many words spoken over me. It is encouraging when they come to pass quickly. Others have taken time, and still others I am standing in faith believing that in God’s timing they will happen.
There are times that I know God has been waiting on me. I have been resistant to the process of bringing about change in my own life to take me to the next level. I know that there are things that God has to work out of me for me t step into the fullness that He has created me for. I have to get past myself in several things, and that means being willing to submit.
Or I have been resistant to even step out even when I clearly hear His voice telling me it is time. I don’t know why there is still this level or disobedience in my life. I know that God’s ways are higher than mine. He has never failed me – and He has taken me through some very tough times. He has taken me out of my comfort zone in areas I would never have imagined, and His strength has shined through brightly.
Other times I occupy myself with things that distract me from what God has called me to do. God has had to show me that just because I can do something doesn’t mean I am supposed to. I am blessed with knowledge about many things and it is easy for me to get distracted on things just because a need is there or an interest.
I can even allow myself a pass at times because I allow the comparison trap to set in. I can listen to the voice of others who look at my schedule and accomplishment and count it as “enough.” Yet, they are not God. They do not know that God has called me to do and what things I have thrown myself into for avoidance or in just fulling a need. My actions might be good, but they might not be Godly, regardless of how busy I am. Sometimes, as my pastor pointed out recently God just wants us to rest.
Over the past few months, I have tried to give my complete attention to these matters. I alone am responsible for the choices I make. I am responsbile for what I do. I am also responsible for what I don’t do. I am responsible for what I know to do, for walking in the things that I am taught. I am responsible for the thoughts I meditate on daily.
I am trying to be purposeful in utilizing the gifts God has placed within me. I know at the end of my life, regardless of what I think I have accomplished that I will give an account for what God has called me to do. I want to hear Him say “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
God’s grace will cover me while I am learning to submit. In areas where there is the sin of disobedience He meets me with forgiveness. He is not looking for perfection, but He is looking for me to be purposefully growing.
This blog is part of a #Write31Days series on growth. 31 Days is an online writing challenge, where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day.