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 Keeping Guilt From Your Walk

 Does guilt keep you from enjoying your walk with God? Especially when it comes to volunteer work? We have a tendency to judge ourselves more harshly than others when we don’t believe we’re doing enough as, say, the person who sits next to you in church. But doing good deeds looks different for each person.hectic

At one time, you might have done more in the way of giving time, but now you’re hindered by all of life’s demands. As time goes on, changes occur. We might now have children, possibly there’s been a career change, and even illness can keep us from giving more time. Our circumstances might not allow for us to be as active in God’s ministry as we used to be.

And that’s okay. God understands. We have to do what our circumstances allow. A mother with small children cannot do as much as a retired couple with no kids at home. Luke 16:10 states, One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. The importance of the task doesn’t matter. It’s how faithful you are when you do the job asked of you.

God made us with different likes and dislikes. I’m not much in the way of a traveler, especially if it means flying. There’s a good chance I’ll not be going on a mission trip outside the United States any time soon. FearGuilt sometimes develops when a friend is heading overseas, yet God has currently made my mission field one of writing.

You have to realize that God might want your path to be closer to home at this particular time. He might want you teaching your children and their friends. Maybe being a greeter in your church is more what God has in mind. Not everyone is destined to fly to the mission fields in Haiti. Every task God calls us to do locally is just as important as stepping on a plane to spread the gospel in a foreign land.

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Any job very well done that has been carried out by a person who is fully dedicated is always a source of inspiration. – Carlos Ghosn, Automobile Chairman

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Every job you do is important in the eyes of the Lord. If you do your work with God in your heart, you will find the peace to erase the guilt you might be feeling.

Don’t cut yourself short. Allow God to lead the path He wants you to travel. No matter where it takes you, whether it’s across the street or across the world, make sure you leave  the guilt behind.

Kathryn J. Bain is an award winning author of 7 fiction books. Sign up for her weekly Christian blog at www.kathrynjbain.com

 

 

 

When was the last time you just sat back and basked in the fact that you had enough stuff? A long time? Me, too. It seems no matter how much we have, some of us are never satisfied and only want more. We are a generation of those who love their stuff. The more the merrier. The larger the better.IMG_9687_1_1

We grumble until we get a larger house so we’ll have more room. Then we look around at all the open space and decide we need more furniture to fill that empty space. Maybe you need a larger television because the other looks so small over that nice big fireplace. Even worse, we go to a friend’s house, see what they have, and decide we want something similar.

It appears quite a few of us are never happy with what we have. Yet it’s God who has blessed us with our stuff. And how often do we not take care of what He has given us? Are you a renter? Did you know that renters are more prone to destroy the property their living in than someone who owns it? If you want God to give you your own home or something larger, you need to take care of what He’s put you in charge of already.

And we should be happy with what God has blessed us with instead of wanting more. Luke 12:15 states, And He said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” No matter how much you have, you can’t take it with you when you go. And it only accumulates dust in the end.

P1030017Every item God gives you is something you must take care of. And the more you have, the more you are charged with caring for. Too many people dream of the bigger house with the beautiful landscape, yetthey hate to mow their own yards much less trim the hedges and edge. They want the large five-bedroom house, yet barely vacuum the floors in the three-bedroom home they already own.

And don’t forget, the more you have, the more you risk losing if you are never content. Keep complaining about what God has already given you, and He might decide to take it for someone else.

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Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness. – Pearl S. Buck

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We should be happy with all the blessings God has given us today and not look forward to what “could be” tomorrow. Too often the things we dream of owning never come to be. And by only dreaming, you can never really be happy.

So fill yourself with God’s joy and thank Him for all He has given you. Every item from the torn sock in the drawer to the drippy faucet in the bathroom are blessings. There are some who have no faucet, much less running water. Sometimes we all need a reality check.

The nicest thing we can say to God when we pray today is “Thanks for all you’ve given me. I have more than enough.”

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