Well, moving from the place of resting into the newness of a work day came around on the ole clock and I am excited about this new day of opportunity to go into the world for Jesus!!! For some people in the work place Jesus puts us in life, depending on where the hands on the clock are is indicative when work time is done and personal time begins. It is good when an employee is strong enough to be able to set Godly boundaries in their lives themselves if a time clock is not part of life!!! Some jobs are not your typical 8 to 5 Monday thru Friday, though, so learning to identify proper balance in one’s life in those circumstances can be challenging, but important. Many entrepreneurs with large callings on their lives find themselves in unique circumstances that take the leading of the Holy Spirit individually as to how to set the pace and priorities of their work. They train themselves, for example, to work towards turning off the excitement of all that is going on in their life at night and instead begin talking themselves into calmness and a mindset of rest. Otherwise a mind can be too active about thoughts of work to sleep well and the next day has a price to pay for lack of sleep. YIKES!!! I have to watch myself on this, too!!!
I often laugh at how legalistic we can sometimes become when we focus too much on being in control of our schedules rather than trusting in the Holy Spirit to guide us, though. When I was young, I attempted to follow the rules of a day planner in which I had implemented a plan for every 15 minutes of my days. The problem was that it did not have any margin of acceptance of God’s plans for my days, like heeding to His spur of the moment promptings like “instead of rewashing your floor that really doesn’t need it yet, how about calling so and so and see if you can pray with that person as you know this is the day this is happening in their life and they could really use the support right now!!! I have to say I had to learn the ole school of hard knocks way as I experienced choices of saying either ok, I’m going to wash that living room window right now because I saw a spot on it or why, yes, I can run to town for you right now and pick up that car part you realized you are going to need to finish getting the spare vehicle running today now that you are into fixing it and I know we need it running by the end of the day!!! 🙂 Oh I just laugh at myself sometimes at how our Father has had to teach me His ways about priorities and boundaries and flexibility to His plans in life!!!
It is good to let the Holy Spirit set our boundaries as the decider in decisions that pop up in life rather than following other people because other people can deter us from God’s will for our lives with their desires and expectations. That is why our Father tells us that in “whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not human masters.” (Colossians 3:23) That is not to say that our Father doesn’t want us to take into consideration what others have to say because He tells us that with many advisors victory is sure and He puts leaders into our lives on purpose, but He needs to be our final authority and He will never lead us contrary to His written Word!!! Know who your leaders are in life and hear the voice of Jesus as priority, dear ones!!! A Pastor once told me “when you have all the facts, the answer will jump out at you.” That answer needs to be our Father’s heart for us as an individual.
Listening to our Father first is important for us as His kids of faith to remember because sometimes people have not been able to determine and grow into their calling of their own gifts, talents, wants and desires because they are unable to set boundaries on others’ definitions and expectations of them. YIKES!!! WATCH OUT FOR THAT!!! For example, a person could enter into a work situation because of the pressures that a family member has placed on them and spend years unhappy in their work because it is not the call/passion that God has put on their heart to carry out. Because as a person, they are not able to tell a family member “no,” their life is not Spirit led!!! YIKES AGAIN!!! This can happen also with friends and culture as well. Oh be strong enough in life to not let others define you in life, dear ones!!! Go with what our Father’s Spirit is telling you because in it will be the divine life that will have our Father’s joy and blessing in it!!! Work with God to find out who you really are and what kind of work you are made for. Father tells us “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve God’s will, His good pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
Jesus always brings freedom into life and not bondage!!! Oh I am sooo thankful to be where my Father has me in life – His Spirit continues to confirm it to me and oh that just makes me smile!!! 🙂 What is He speaking to your heart about your life today??? Our Father gives us the strength and courage to stand for Him in life – we can because we know He is right and His way will bring the blessing into life for us!!! He makes me brave as this song says here. Let’s be brave together for Jesus’ heart for us always because it makes for the best life!!! Ruh, ruh, ruh!!! Going for Jesus with you as He leads us!!!