Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It's never enough

Have you ever felt like, the more you try to preserve something, the more it slips away.  Or the more you try to protect your time to rest, or your time to yourself, the more you seem to loose.  Has there ever been a time in your life where you have had some type of physical need and you tried to address the need by natural means and it seemed to get worst and not better.  Like have you ever been sleepy, but getting more sleep just made it worst?  Have you ever been hungry, but eating more food didn't seem to satisfy?  Have you ever felt something was missing from your life, yet every hobby and recreational activity you tried, left you feeling the same way?.  There are times when what we need goes beyond the natural.  Not all the time, but there are times where the need is "spiritual" but it's just being expressed through something natural.   I say that because of what God has had on my heart lately.  I know that the bible says it is better to give then to receive.  I also know that the bible says that we are to be cheerful givers.  What I didn't realize was, that there are many different forms that giving can take on in our lives. 

Recently, I had started to notice that I was tired a lot.  I started to try to get more sleep and I just got more tired.  3 nights a week I do  Christian, spiritual coaching online and I had began to not do that as much because I was tired, but I kept hearing in my heart "If you're tired, give more".  I have been hearing it for awhile.  Instead of doing less coaching at night when I'm sleepy, I kept up the coaching at night, and even though I was up later, I was less tired.  It seems that every time I let my natural needs pull me away from something God has me doing, it has a negative impact.  Sometimes the thing that God would have you to do seems like it would take more away from you, but it ends up adding to you.  I have also been praying about some financial things and I keep hearing "Give more".  I'm working up to it, but I think God wants me to give more of my time to what He has given me to do. He has given us all something different to do.  For me, He is not asking me to go find something new, He is asking me to give more in the areas where He already has me serving.  For me that might mean coaching 4 nights/week instead of 3.  What does it mean for you?  Is there anywhere in your life, where God has you serving and He wants you to give more? In the bible, all 4 gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) tell us that Jesus wants us to lose our lives for His sake and in losing our lives we will gain our lives. 

Matthew 16:25
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

Since this is contained in all 4 gospels, I think God is pretty serious about his.  God is also letting me know that when I'm trying to hold onto my life in such a way that it is hindering me in moving forward in something He wants me to do, I will lose whatever it is I am trying to hold on to.  Keep in mind, God doesn't just want you to loose your life for your job, or your spouse, or your children, or material things, or your hobbies.  He says for His sake.  He will guide you in this. God bless. 

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