Sunday, February 1, 2015
What is best for us??
Philippians 1:9-10New International Version (NIV) 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, So I'm reading this new book to go with a Bible study I do with my awesome coworkers called The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst. Here is a link for more info on the book/study and you can read chapter one (http://thebestyes.com). I'm learning how (with my own type A personality) that it is not always in the best interest of me or others to say yes when asked to do things. I think I have always been in the mindset of if someone asked me to do it and I feel like I can do a good job then I should say "yes" to whatever. This book is really teaching me about taking time to really pray about each decision I make and really weigh my schedule and my emotions with my answer. As I get busier and busier this can be a blessing and a curse! I am someone who loves to be busy and I love to do things myself…really I think it is that I don't trust that others will do things the way that I think they should be done…but anyway, I needed to hear to stop and really pray and evaluate the situation. I really want to be able to discern what is best for me and my family and my time. I don't get tomorrow back, so I have to be cautious about how I use my day and I also want to glorify God in everything I do. I want to have a positive attitude with my child and if I'm too tired from staying up making cookies for school when I should have gone to bed so that I'd be in a better mood and have more sweet words for him than bitter ones, then I probably should have said no to something in my day. Or if I say yes to helping someone when emotionally I need to be filled myself, I could be taking a blessing away from someone else who could have helped my friend when I just needed some grace myself. How many of us are like this!!?? I for one have really enjoyed this book…although sometimes it feels like ripping off the bandaid. I want my "yes" to mean that I can put 100% in and have a good attitude and not take away from my family and others. It is hard but I feel like I'm learning, step by step, to use my best "yes."