12.19.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Knowing Your Why

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• When it comes to my time-management, my husband frequently says, “If there’s five minutes in Denise’s schedule, she’ll fill it up with 30 minutes of something to do.”

And I confess there’s some truth to what he says.

But after almost 44 years, I’m finally beginning to understand that busy and productive are not the same thing.

And between some disappointing news last night and prayer time this morning, I had an Ah-Ha moment.

It’s a truth I’ve long-known in the business world, but needed to embrace in my volunteering world…

Knowing your why matters.

When it comes to serving God through volunteerism, it’s not about being busy.

It’s about being productive with the gifts He’s given us.

It’s not about us or even the organization we serve.

It’s about Him.

And we have to remember that with every step we take.

Because it is so easy to get caught up in “me” and turn the whole act of service into something self-serving.

Y’all, I have to confess that this morning’s prayer prompt may be written solely for me.

I don’t know.

Maybe you can relate but if you don’t have my obsessive need to fill every waking minute with something, then please humor me today.

Every morning when I pray about writing this, I ask the Holy Spirit to give me words that will 1) be honoring to God, 2) help others, and 3) help myself.

If this is for you too, it’s good to know I’m not alone.

We should start a support group.

We can meet on Tuesdays.

1 Samuel 12:24 says, “Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.”

Every day.

Step by step.

Our why is because of the great things He has done for us.

Today, as you pray, thank God for all His blessings — blessings too numerous to count.

Ask Him to help you focus on your why — Him — every time you serve and volunteer.

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