So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
– Acts 6:2-4 (NIV)
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
One of the major sources of stress, burnout, and guilt is the feeling that we did not do something that seemed important!
How many times have people tried to make you feel guilty about not coming to an event or not helping out in one way or the other? Don’t get me wrong, It is a beautiful thing to be a blessing in as many ways as possible but to do this at the expense of your health and family is not right.
Consider the scripture above. The disciples were faced with a serious challenge that could have affected the very unity of the early church. Still, they had to accept their limitations and focus their strength in the place they considered critical for them.
We all have our critical success points, otherwise called ‘sweet spot’ and these are the places we must concentrate our strengths on if we want to live a life of purpose.
To accomplish this, we must be willing to accept that as wonderful and endued with grace as we are, we are still human and have certain limitations.
We must be humble enough to acknowledge that we need help from others and not be too proud to share some of our so-called responsibilities.
The Apostles decided to concentrate on the Word and Prayers but opened their mind to the idea of others taking on other responsibilities. This is a life lesson you must learn.
Choose the very critical success areas of your life and give them more of your time and energy. For married folks, one of these should be your family. Try not to be such a blessing to the world at the expense of your home. Let your family ‘feel’ you.
For single folks, it could be a service, ministry effort, career development, business initiative, relationship management, or something, anything noble.
As you set priorities and focus on the critical purpose areas, God will honor your integrity and ensure that the other areas you have seemingly ‘left behind’ receive adequate attention from another of His many Sons, Daughters, and Angels.
Learn to work with others and delegate, you cannot do life, purpose, and all alone, you will need the help and assistance of others.
As the popular saying goes; If you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together (with others).
LET US PRAY:
Dear Lord God Almighty, deliver me from sheer emotionalism. I receive grace to focus on the most critical aspects of my life, ministry, and business. I receive the wisdom to work with others and to delegate appropriately. I receive and lean into the help of the Holy Spirit to succeed.
In Jesus Christ’s Mighty Name, I pray. Amen.
(Kindly share with someone today)