August 26 Trying to Do Everything

Is your busyness keeping you from your vision? Some people aren’t specific about their visions because they’re trying to do too much. Their problem is not that they’re hesitant about getting started, but that they’re running around attempting too many things. Even though they are constantly constructing something, they’re actually building nothing at all because they never complete anything. Why does this happen? Because most people make the mistake of believing that the main goal in life is to stay busy. This way of thinking is a trap. Staying busy does not necessarily mean that you are heading toward a specific destination.

I have learned this very important truth that has set me free from both indecision and ineffective busyness: I was not born or created to do everything. This statement might be a good thing to put at the top of your office or household calendar. When we aim at everything, we usually hit nothing. Yet many of us are breaking our necks trying to hit everything in sight. Let me assure you: you were not born to meet all the needs on earth.

All the needs that you see in your nation cannot be met by you. All the trouble that you see in your community cannot be solved by you. God created you for a purpose, and that purpose should be your focus. It will keep you centered on what is most important for you to be involved in.

Prayer: Father, it is a relief to know that I am not required to meet all the needs on earth! Show me the needs that I can meet—the works that You have created me to walk in. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: You were not born to meet all the needs on earth.

Reading: Psalm 119:89–176; 1 Corinthians 8

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