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I suffer from a disorder that most women suffer from. It is called the “can’t say no” disorder. To the dear woman who is reading this you very well may be suffering from this disorder . With this disorder I seem to always find myself working long days and extra long nights trying to accomplish everything that has been asked of me. I have a unsettling desire to please. I long to make sure that everyone around me is taken care of. More importantly I am always scared that I am not doing enough to show the love of Jesus to others. Sadly this often leads to me becoming overwhelmed.
During reading Acts Chapter 6, I was reminded of the fact that we can’t do everything. The fact remains that we are simply human. The Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit so much so that they were converting people by the thousands and yet even they realized that their was limitations to what they could do. They knew that they needed help. Therefore they sought out others to help them.
And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. ~Acts 6:2-3
Now they were not seeking out others to do their work for them. No, instead they knew that they had a set task to do and they also knew there were others who would be more fitted for the other tasks. They knew that if they continued to do everything that they would not be as effective as they could be in their true calling.
Sometimes I think that we desire to serve so bad that we overload our plates with different things. The more we pile on the more we think that we are actually going to make a difference. This however isn’t the case. We can not give 100 percent to every single thing that we have going on in our lives. Something is bound to fall through the cracks.
Instead of overwhelming ourselves we need to take time to pray over all the things that we are already doing. We need to actually need to wait and listen to see if the things that we are doing are the things that are pleasing to God or if they are things that are actually pleasing to man.
When we do this we may find that we are in fact in need of unloading some of those items on our plates. This can be so scary. After all there is a reason others ask us to do them. However, when we allow God to decide the duties that we are to take on we also will find that He always has someone in mind to take that duty on.
(Here is a periscope video I did on this Chapter.)
As we read further down in Acts 6 we learned that one of those that was chosen to help, Stephen, was so effective that he himself caused an uproar around those who heard and spoke to him. He was just as useful to God’s ministry as the Apostles were. In fact it is mentioned that…..
And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. ~Acts 6:8
So now I ask you are there tasks on your plates that God has been urging you to let go of? What is stopping you from letting them go?
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