He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding. Daniel 2:21 ESV
A few years ago, a friend mentioned that during certain "seasons of life" I might need to modify my expectations or commitments. That sounded really good to me. As transitions and responsibilities were changing at home with a teenager and with my work, I needed to give myself some grace and let go of a few things.
In the past I've been known to willy-nilly pull back from commitments when life gets overwhelming. This time I was going to be intentional about what commitments and responsibilities I would add or keep in my already full life. There was prayer about my priorities and asking myself tough questions about the long-term and short-term impact of my choices.
I pulled back on volunteering related to my career and added volunteering related to our child's involvement at school. There are so many good things we participate in, but it doesn't mean it is the right thing at the right time.
Lately, I'm pondering if pulling back and saying no because of my "season of life" has become an excuse to avoid commitments that God is calling me to make. I find when I'm not motivated to take on a new task, I think, "It's okay. It's my season of life." It's starting to feel like an excuse because it is an excuse.
In the book of Judges, there is a man named Gideon. Gideon is scared because his community and surrounding land is occupied by the enemy. Gideon is hiding out from the enemy and hiding out from God. God repeatedly calls Gideon to step out of his comfort zone and trust God in the next right choice.
Gideon finally trusted God. The path God set Gideon on was not always easy. Over and over Gideon had to make the next right choice to align himself with God's will and purpose for his life throughout the ever-changing seasons.
For reasons I haven't narrowed down yet, I am avoiding an opportunity and a blessing from God. I took a positive concept of focusing my time and energy on the next right thing and turned it into a way to avoid answering God when he calls me into the next season of life.
Don't miss out on a blessing. Follow God into the next season.
Ask God to show you where He wants you committing your time, energy, and money during this season of life. Here are two books I've found helpful: Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman and You're Made For A God-Sized Dream by Holly Gerth.
Dear Heavenly Father, I don't know why I often run in circles looking for the right "thing" to do. I know that you will always clear the path and guide me. Give me clarity on what is the next best thing for me to do that serves you first, serves my family, and serves my community. Amen.
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