Life is full of great things. Choices abound around us. There are the noble callings. Teaching Sunday School can be so fulfilling and warm our hearts with those little children. Singing with the worship team would be so fulfilling. Going to the ladies outings at church can help us make great relationships and give us time out with others. These are all Great and Noble Things. However, just because they are great, doesn't mean that I must do them all. I may want to do them at separate times, or I may feel that God hasn't called me in that direction at all.
We, women especially, can be so competitive. We tend to look at what everyone else is doing and feel inadequate. We don't feel we measure up. That person over there is volunteering at the local homeless shelter. That is such a wonderful thing, maybe I should be doing that? We forget, God made all of us individuals, and has a plan for each and every one of us. Just because He asked Susie to be a leader in the Sunday School Department, doesn't mean that is His plan for you! Your ministry at this point in your life, for example, may be in your children or it may be elsewhere. Don't look at others and question yourself. The only one to ask is God, He knows which path you should follow. You and He know what works for your family and what doesn't fit. Trust your instincts. Just because Susie cleans her house top to bottom on Saturday doesn't mean that works well for your family, you may know that in your family doing a little cleaning every day is the better fit or it's just not a priority on your life right now.
Here's a quote that I found and it fits! "What makes us discontented with ourselves is our absurdly exaggerated idea we have of happiness of others." - Jay Huff
Women especially are so often told, "You can have it all". What we aren't told is that, you can have it all, just not all at once. Over your lifetime, you can do the many things you have dreamed of, but for now, be content with what you have and make choices based on your family and not on the perceived "happiness of others".
Have you felt guilty for not doing something great, even when you know that your place is right where it's at? I'd love to hear it in the comments, you can be an encouragement to others.
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Doing what's right for my family Works For Me and is a much Finer Thing!!! Here's another slip for the Tip Jar!