I'm not talking about the ones where pictures of cookies as big as my head are posted and people are trying to talk themselves out of devouring the entire thing (you would feel awful afterward). I'm talking about the struggle between following your heart and following God.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? _Jeremiah 17:9
We are often told that in order to be happy we should follow our heart, chase our dreams, seek out our own happiness. The truth is: we are NOT called to be happy...we are called to be effective.
Don't think that I am above heart following here! There have been far too many times where I have literally told God to wait until I finished. That's right in line with treating God like a toddler asking for your attention. The fact is, God doesn't require our attention. He will continue to be God even if we ignore what He commands. He desires our attention and His ultimate desire is that we be effective for ministry in a way far larger than we can comprehend.
But there happen to be some things that hold us back from offering a whole-hearted YES to our Creator when it comes to His commands:
- We're afraid of what we might have to give up.
- We're afraid that we don't have what it takes.
- Sometimes, we don't think our calling is big enough or fancy enough.
- We're are comfortably distracted by the things the world offers.
So, if we find ourselves struggling to say "YES" wholeheartedly, here are a few action steps to set us up for success:
- Guard your heart: be careful what you allow into your heart on a daily basis. By mindful of the music you listen to, the show you watch and the books you read. Ask yourself if these are planting seed of God's will or are they selling short-term happiness in following our own dreams.
- Read God's Word DAILY. I don't just mean pop it open and read a few verses before you head about your business. I mean come into a quiet place with an expectant heart and spend quality time in His Word.
- Commit to memorizing scripture. Make the commitment (which means you intent to give time and effort) to memorize verses that speak to your specific season in life. If you have trouble finding them, consider biblegateway.com to help. And remember, this is about YOU, not your husband or friends or co-workers. The ones you may need can be a little uncomfortable, but you are committed.
- Join a small group or Bible study if you haven't already. This is how we grow in the Word: by studying and sharing with others.
- Keep a journal. You can record verses that speak to you and also write down ideas and dreams that you have. This will help you cut through the clutter and begin to discern God's will in your life.
Start with just one of these action steps and commit for a week. We would love to hear how it is changing your life, so be sure to leave a comment in the section below.
Life is worth living when lived with a purpose,