I routinely send inspirational or motivational quotes to those I coach. Recently, I sent one that resonated more than most others. It was a quote from www.ashepherdsheart.org that said, “Someone, somewhere, is depending on you to do what God has called you to do.” Wow!
We are prone to be distracted by many things: those which are urgent, are not – or at least should not be – a priority, addictions (which can come in the form of unhealthy relationships with people or substances, attitudes, actions, or emotions), our own wants, social media, and the list goes on. Some distractions are unhealthy, others are ok in moderation and some are indeed “good” but simply not “best.”
I have recently challenged myself to steward my time more effectively so that I can best serve those to whom I’m called. This comes down to a word my wife and I have used a lot and one that has become the brand for our ministry events – Deliberate.
To best serve those to whom we are called requires deliberate effort, not only in service to them, but to ourselves. After all, we are not a limitless resource. Put another way: we can’t pour from an empty cup! To keep our cup full requires that we are deliberate in getting rest, in staying healthy, in recreation, in prioritizing our time with family and friends, and certainly our spouse.
Some distractions are easy to identify, those things that are time wasters at best and unhealthy habits at worst. Then there are others that are indeed good: serving on committees, civic organizations, and the like. But these good things can often serve as a convenient or even unrealized distraction from the best things.
This train of thought begs the following questions: Who has God called you to? Is there anything that is limiting you from most effectively answering this call? If so, what steps can you take to become less distracted?
Last year I received my certification as a Professional Life Coach through PCCI. As part of Deliberate Family Ministries one of my favorite things to do help people get unstuck and help them discover God’s vision for their marriage, family, or personal life. If you would like to learn and see if life coaching may help you, email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a no obligation explore call.