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Thursday, August 30, 2018

My Choices Control My Calendar

In review of Galatians 6:5 it says, “We are each responsible for our own conduct” (NLT).

Today’s verse comes from the last part of Galatians 6:4-5. Paul tells me to pay careful attention to my own work for then I will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and I won't need to compare myself to anyone else. For I’m responsible for my own conduct.

When I do my very best, I will feel good about the results. There should be no need to compare myself with others. I tend to make comparisons for several reasons. At times I point out others' flaws in order to feel better about myself. At other times I simply want reassurance that I’m doing well. Next time I'm tempted to compare, I need to look at Jesus Christ. His example will inspire me to do my very best, and his loving acceptance will comfort me when I fall short of my expectations

What I’m learning is the my choices are far more powerful than my circumstances. I may not like how complicated my life has become. But with few exceptions, no one is forcing me to keep my life complicated.

I have the power to simplify my life. In fact, God expects me to assume responsibility for my life and to carefully choose how I spend my time.

I have just enough time to do God’s will while I’m here on Earth. I’ve been given just enough time to fulfill my purpose. When I try to do more than God planned for me, it’s only natural that I will find myself constantly out of time or stressed over my schedule.

Bottom Line:
We each must carry our own load.

What this means to me:
I am responsible for my own conduct, I must carry my own load.

In summary, I need to pay attention to my own work and get the satisfaction of a job well done. There is no reason to compare myself to anyone else to myself feel better or for any assurances from others that I'm doing well. I should look at Jesus, his example should inspire me and his loving acceptance comfort me. My choices are far more powerful than my circumstances. I may not like my complicated life, but no one is forcing me to have it this way. Simplifying is in my power. I have just enough time to do what God's will is. When I try to do more, then I'll find myself constantly out of time and stressed out. Ultimately, I'm responsible for my own conduct.

As a next step, I need to make a list of the activities and responsibilities that are causing me stress. Ask God to help me determine the things on my schedule that he never intended for me to do. Where do I believe God wants me to focus my time and energy? What choices do I need to make that will help me focus more on what God has planned for me?

Father today, I pray that I find relief from stress and a new sense of satisfaction as I do only the things God created me to do. Father help to give me wisdom and guidance as I plan and execute my work, lead my team and interact with others. These things I pray, in your Son Jesus name.

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