Cast your bread upon the water. Eccl. 11:1
By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain
Life for me is about commitment. If I volunteer to do something or I decide to try a new endeavor, something inside of me compels me to keep with it--even if the act makes me miserable.
My first church underscored this trait. It taught God wanted a committed people. Of course, I took it to the extreme.
Believing life's a test and not an experiment leads to two issues if you struggle with perfectionism/legalism.
- You commit to nothing because doubts about being able to do a good job of it paralyze you.
- You find yourself laboring in areas that God does not want you to work in, and hating it.
For example, I love babies. I volunteered to work nursery because I longed to play with the children. The kids' director asked if I would work in the kids' worship. Being unable to say no, I agreed, but this wasn't God's path for me. While I loved the children, I began to dread the Sunday's I worked.
I had several choices:
- spend my limited time doing something I wasn't called to do
- learn to hate the second Sunday of the month
- believe I was a failure because I couldn't keep my commitment
- decide this wasn't my path, choose another and love my service to Christ.
I chose #4
Life's not a test. Experiences aren't a done deal.
- Try different things.
- Be willing to change paths.
- Sacrifice when God is telling you to.
- Love the life God has given.
Are you struggling on a path you don't like? Is it of God? If not, how can you change your direction?