Life is too short to waste time. As Christians, God has given us the Holy Spirit to guide us and lead us in the life we should live. On the flip-side, the Devil is trying to distract us from focusing on our purpose in life.
As you’re reading this you may find yourself in a personal struggle. You want to be effective in the things God has for you, but you feel like there is something hindering you. Fear not! There are four critical areas that cause people to waste time and get nowhere in life. Make sure that you stay away from these:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Instead of worrying, learn to rely on God. He doesn’t expect you to have your own solution to every problem you encounter: where to live, what job to take, which university to attend, how to step into ministry… Instead, bring things before God in prayer. Ask God to help you. Use the brain God put in your head too. It’s the combination of you doing your part and also choosing not to worry by praying and spending time with God. Because when you worry, you’re placing a heavy weight on your life that will slow you down tremendously.
“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” James 1:26 (NIV)
When you gossip, you are revealing embarrassing details about other people’s lives. It negatively affects how others view the person you’re talking about. It doesn’t matter if you do it intentionally or unintentionally, it’s never uplifting or encouraging. It is damaging. As Brother Kenneth E. Hagin (the founder of RHEMA USA) put it… “Snuffing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours any brighter.” The Bibles says to not judge or you will be judged. Judging others and then gossiping about them will hinder you from being effective in your life.
3. Comparing Yourself to Others
“Let us keep looking to Jesus. Our faith comes from Him and He is the One Who makes it perfect.” Hebrews 12:2a (NLV)
God will give YOU grace to do what YOU need to do. Instead of constantly looking at other people for answers and validation, fix your eyes upon Jesus. As you live to please God and make him first in your life, He promises to bless your life and make you prosper. You and God can do anything together! You can’t finish the “race” God has for you when you’re constantly looking at the other runners!
4. Forcing Things
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Trusting God requires patience. God gives you hopes and dreams for certain things to happen in your life, but He doesn’t always allow you to see the exact timing of His plan. It can be frustrating not knowing all the details or how long it’s going to take before you see it. But you must truly surrender and submit to Him. It’s not enough to ask God to just “bless” your plans. He must be in control of the plans. When you reach this level of trust, you can live in peace and enjoy your life with God directing your steps.
The narrow road of living for God and not conforming to the ways of the world is often lonely. But the trade-off of succeeding in God’s purpose for you is far worth it.