As I’m working towards doing life differently by putting people before my to-do list, there are some key decisions I need to make. Instead of taking on every task and request that comes my way, I need to figure out what opportunities are BEST for me even though they may all be something GOOD.
I absolutely love helping people. I get my satisfaction from seeing others succeed and if there is anything I can do to help them to reach their goals or fulfill their dreams, I want to do it! If you share this mindset, you know that our zeal for others can often get in the way of what’s best for us and our families.
For example: You’re going about your life, pretty satisfied and happy with the way things are going. Your schedule is pretty full, but you’re managing to juggle things successfully. You’re experiencing a sense of fulfillment and your family is still getting the attention they need.
Then along comes something “good.” It invites you to be a part of a mission that is close to your heart. Or maybe it’s not a cause dear to you, but you happen to have the ability needed to accomplish the goal. Plus, there “seems” to be no one else who can get the job done quite like you. Then again, perhaps someone approaches you after “hearing from God” that indeed YOU are the person He has called to bring about the “good.” I mean, how can you possibly say no to “God?”
First of all, if God speaks to someone else about what He wants you to do, don’t you think He will speak to you too? There is but one mediator between God and man and that is Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5) . And if you have a personal relationship with Him, then you have direct access to the throne of grace and the privilege of communicating with God for yourself. Now, if a person happens to confirm what God is already telling you, that’s a different story. But we need to always being seeking to do what the LORD has called us to do and not man (Galatians 1:10).
Wasn’t planning to go there, but maybe someone out there needed to hear that.
Okay, back on track here… If we’re not careful, these “good” opportunities, I mentioned above, can end up pushing our lives out of balance and taking us outside the will of God.
But how do you say no to doing something positive? It is difficult, but I’m finding that the best way for me to prevent my to-do list from infringing on my “to-care” list is to keep in mind that, “The good is often the enemy of the best.” There are a lot of “good” things we could be doing, but if we’re so busy doing them, then we will not have time to do what is best. Hmm. Which means we may have to come up with a system that will help us determine what’s “best” when opportunity comes knocking at our door.
Next time, let’s explore some ways we can weed out the “good” in favor of what’s “best”.
Until then, how do you decide when you should say yes to an opportunity or not?