Tuesday, September 18, 2007

What Were You Created To Do?

by Donna L. Watkins

How often I have made life difficult. I guess the old slogan, "no pain, no gain" must've sunk in at some point because I kinda figured that I should be able to do it all ... even if I didn't really have a clue about it.

Multi-tasking is easy when you're working in your "zone" but when you've got things on your schedule that really don't fit who you are ... life gets a bit bumpy.

I read a statement in a devotional a few weeks ago that said, "Love is overshadowed by a mental clipboard with a long checklist ... requiring others to measure up." My checklist focused on what I required of myself.

Maybe your checklist is too long and you're not finding time to love yourself because you don't measure up to what is expected, even though the expectations are unattainable. When we focus on our strengths ... the talents God has given us (Romans 12:6), we can get more done without anguish and we will be more effective at what we do.

This seems like good advice to determine where to spend your time:

"Work where you're strongest 80% of the time. Work where you're learning 15% of the time. Work where you're weakest 5% of the time."

It's great to quote "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me," but it should not be a daily routine that you've chosen. Reassess your strengths and skills. Ask those who know you because you may have been swimming up hill for too long to remember where your talents lie.

We each have abilities to do great things, but the devil can get us off track when we try to do what somebody else is gifted to do. We're not effective and we're not happy. So the moral of the story is: Be YOU! Enjoy it!

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