What I’m leaving behind

A friend of mine just posted this quote from on Twitter:

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

This is what I most want to remember in the coming year: My job is to please God.  And when I get out of the way and just follow His suggestions, it’s not nearly as difficult as one would expect.  The doing part is (relatively) easy…it’s the angsting about what to do (should I/shouldn’t I, will they/won’t they, what if…?) that’s tough.  And God doesn’t call me to angst.  So I’m setting that down here, on this third-to last day of 2011.

What do you want to leave behind with God as you start the new year?

  • Christa

    I love this in theory, but in practice it is much, much harder. When faced with any number of social obligation-type choices, I don’t see a clear sense of God’s view on the matter. And while I pray and try to be quiet enough to listen for God’s input, it almost never comes instantaneously. Plus, I have plenty of situations where the Good Book seems to give conflicting guideance. Here’s one, I am in charge of Children’s Ministry at our small church. My husband runs the sound board and plays drums (not at the same time :)). We both belong to the same bible study group. Between those church committments, our older son’s Cub Scouts (I am the den leader and Treasurer for his Pack) and baseball for both of our sons (John is a baseball coach, too), we rarely have a night at home that is just a regular, predictable evening. But for the life of me, I can’t figure out what to cut out. I know other families do more and make it work and we only have two kids to keep track of, but saying “no” is so hard for me and simultaneously stresses me out.

    End of my complaining. I have it pretty good and I will just keep at it. Maybe God wants me to be busy so I can’t get into any trouble. :)

    Happy New Year!

  • http://tagposts.info/user.php?login=fkizzie&view=history Seymour Autman

    Great post. I am facing a couple of these problems.