For my life, one of the biggest hindrances is a sense of guilt over things that I perceive other people “think” I need to be doing.
I am learning that the guilt isn’t necessarily something I am doing wrong — many times it is the enemy trying to distract me from what I am doing right! He would rather me be so hung up on woulda-coulda-shoulda that I am hindered from doing what God is leading me to do and going where God is leading me to go. If he can keep us beating ourselves up, he achieves his goal of hindering us from being effective and impactful for the purposes God has for us.
I am having to be reminded that the Holy Spirit leads but the devil drives! (Guilt is often the thing he uses to drive). A good way to understand the difference between the two is that the conviction of the Holy Spirit comes before or during the time that we are doing something or not doing something, that God wants us to embrace or relinquish. Guilt comes after we’ve taken the jump or as a driving force to move us to jump where God hasn’t led us. Once we understand the difference, we diffuse many of the enemy’s tactics. Another struggle for me is that I am highly attracted to the next shiny object.
I want to sign on for all the opportunities that will let me do what I love… coach, write, speak, coordinate, e.g… I am awesome at sign on but I lack the daily, steady persistence that is required to get the project completed in a timely manner. I am having to be reminded that I need to keep up with some of the important structure and routine that energizes me, such as my morning quiet time, making a list to target what I need to complete … today!
I need to cease from the proverbial biting off more that I can chew. Sometimes I get so sidetracked trying to knock out as many of the little daily tasks, that I am hindered from making any headway on my long term projects and the ones that ultimately are part of the path to my personal success and fulfillment.
A final challenge for me is to remember that the enemy most wants to discourage me and my efforts by either deceiving me or at the very least, distracting me from my worthwhile pursuits.
One of the greatest ways for me to not succumb to his intrusions in my day is to constantly focus on the plans that God has put within my spirit. I need to consistently renew my mind by reading uplifting messages from His Word, as well as from other writers who encourage me in my journey as well as surround myself with people who refresh me and challenge me to not settle for accepting life as black and white but allowing my days and my experiences to truly color my world.
What one thing can you do today that can ignite or re-ignite the candle of passion that burns within?
Take some time to reflect on what you have to offer the people in your sphere of influence, and don’t withhold the gift that you have to bring to the table.
Your voice and your message may be the missing piece(s) in someone else’s life that will make all the difference!
Sheri Geyer is a Christian Life Coach, Writer, Speaker, Wife & Mom