If you weren’t at our last SOM meeting then you missed out on our speaker Casie Dussia! She was amazing! Casie shared with us the importance of taking care of yourself physically and spiritually. I loved the way she demonstrated how important it is to fill our own cup before trying to fill someone (or something) else’s. Here are some of they ways that the enemy tries to hinder us:
Excerpt from “Take care of yourself” SOM 4/9/12
1.) Comparing yourself to others
We all have someone in our life that always seems to have it together, always has a smile on their face, never has a bad hair day; you know what I’m talking about. They might appear to have a life that we would like. Why don’t things seem to come that easy to us?
Why? Because her path is custom made for her and your path is custom made for you! Whether you see why God made you the way He did and why your life is the way it is, there’s a reason! Your path may be a little “bumpier” than someone else’s, but that might be necessary for your purpose.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Do not compare yourself to anyone! Be authentic and accept yourself for who you are. That’s how you affirm yourself as God’s creation. This isn’t “settling”. Still continue building endurance and striving for your goals. Just don’t try to strive for someone else’s goals!
“I really should fold the laundry, I really should start that project, I really should go to the grocery store, I really should start dinner …….”
I use to procrastinate because I wanted everything perfect, so if I didn’t have the time to do it perfectly, I put it off. I finally realized that I can either have something perfect, or I can have it finished!
All procrastination does is add more stress and anxiety to your life. In many cases, in the amount of time it takes you to think about putting off what you need to do, you could have had it done!
The sluggard (lazy person) does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. Proverbs 20:4
Instead of procrastinating, prepare for your tasks and plan ahead. If you do that, at the end of day, what didn’t get done didn’t need to get done.
3.) Making excuses
“I would have done that, but……, I would have been there, but……”
I believe that quite often excuses stem from fear. It isn’t always easy stepping out of your comfort zone and into a new activity or task.
The devil just loves our excuses, even helping us out by giving us a few – we’re not good enough, we’re not equipped, why would God want to use us, on and on.
Think about Moses and his excuses. He was afraid. I love how God didn’t give up on him and kept pursuing him, even sending someone to help him! God will never give up on you either!
So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man (mere people) do to me?” Hebrews 13:6
So go for it! If you’ve wanted to try a new workout class, go for it! If you’ve wanted to try a new bible study, go for it! No More Excuses! Get out there and fill your cup!
“I’m feeling guilty because I left the kids home tonight so I could go for a walk with a friend. I’m feeling guilty because I couldn’t work late tonight. I’m feeling guilty because I can’t make it to that church function. I should be a better wife, mom, friend……”
The devil thoroughly enjoys us second guessing ourselves and our actions. But, who says that a choice we have made is wrong anyway? Ourselves, the enemy? For example, if we were stern with our children, maybe they needed it! If we don’t help someone every time they call, maybe we need to step back and let them help themselves.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12
If you are questioning something you’ve done, take it to the Lord, learn from it, and move on! It’s not our job to critique our past actions. Our life on Earth is a learning process. No More Guilt!
To learn more about Casie and her ministry Run With Endurance visit http://www.runwithendurance.net/