In the last couple of weeks I have been running around seeking advice from lots of different people when it struck me “what do I want to do?” Whilst this might seem like a simple revelation it was helpful for me to see that God has placed desires in my heart to help me achieve certain things in the circumstances that God has placed me. If other people want something done then either they can do it or it doesn’t get done. We can’t live our lives being driven by what others what done.
The background is that I am in a season where I am undertaking some study in preparation for future ministry. Whilst I like the study, I also like spending time with my kids and I like my part time job and I need the income. So whilst everyone else might have their opinion on what I should be doing, nobody sees the big picture and nobody will place my family first if I don’t. Perhaps I don’t even see the big picture because only God knows why things are happening the way they are.
So what do you want to do with your time? Forget what everyone else is suggesting, how will you spend your time? What do you think God is calling you to do? Sometimes we can be encouraged by others to take on more but often we do things to please others not because we think we should do them. We have to have faith in ourselves that God plants the desires in our hearts.
Marcus Buckingham says that your strengths are the activities that strengthen you, give you energy and give you a sense of purpose. When you are looking at what you want to do with your life only you and God can truly know what strengthens you and gives you life. So do the things that bring you life.