I’m writing over at The Glorious Table today! Here’s a preview:
Through the years, I’ve learned that when I don’t look at the whole picture before I say yes to a request, I make myself crazy and my family miserable. When people ask for help, I jump in and rarely leave margin for myself. At least, I used to. Now I pause. I am a recovering over-committer.
At first, the pendulum swung too far in the opposite direction as I attempted to rid myself of the label over-committer. I said no to everything extra that came my way, and it worked. I freed many spaces on the calendar, my family saw my desire to prioritize them, and I flourished at work. God began to whisper to me about a new ministry direction, and I was able to prioritize my health in important ways. These things were all necessary and important. But I also dropped the ball on a lot of commitments and let people down.
In Matthew 25:31–46, Jesus identifies several specific ways God expects us to respond to other’s needs. He starts by telling the people listening, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left” (NIV).