Sunday, August 4, 2013

Paralysis by Analysis

What does God want me to do? What is His plan for my life? How will I know what things or people to pursue and which ones not to? What kind of house should I buy; should I buy a house? 

All these kinds of questions and a thousand more can bombard our minds each day and I believe for most people they not only never really find out but they are paralyzed by them and so they accomplish much less than they could have if they would have addressed these questions head on right from the start.

What does God want you to do? Maybe a better question to ask is what does He not want you to do? The answer comes in many forms but here are a few; 
Be Lazy
Sleep too much
Be a jerk
Eat to much
Be a mean boss
Be a slothful employee
Talk back
Disobey your parents

If we are doing these things then problems like looking back in our lives and trying to figure out if we should have taken that job or not, left that job or not, moved to a new location or not and so on will not paralyze us into inactivity. We often waste time analyzing rather than moving forward to take advantage of the opportunity that he puts right in front of us at that moment.

What is His plan for my life? Again we can ask ourselves what is NOT His plan for our lives.
Be a drunk
Be a brawler
Be unequally yolked
Be worried about tomorrow
Build new barns and think you're all fat and sassy without contemplating your soul's future

People and Houses, clothes and jobs, married or single. So many questions and yet the reality is that God wants us to get out there and do something; to be spent in service for Him. A clay pot that is getting banged around is a useful pot and when it's spent for the Kingdom then graduation time comes.

Weary saint, we need to forget about all this paralyzing/analyzing/strategizing stalemate "activity" and look at the opportunity, pray about it, ask God to open or close the door and then move forward.

If our family had gone through an in depth study, filled out pros and con sheets, looked at whether or not we could have afforded it and if the timing was perfect and then FINALLY made a decision as to whether or not we should adopt John, He would still be in China.

Let's go people. God has sent many a "rescue vehicle" to you and your situation and you are waiting for Him to send you the one that looks like you believe it should. 

God didn't save us and leave us here to rest and not attempt to change the world. Changing the world is not going to happen by us sitting on our backsides in the easy chair eating bonbons all day. 

Let's be worn out not rusted out and leave the results up to Him. He's got it so let's just go get it.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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