Creating Caring Communities That Transform Lives
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Monday, June 21, 2010 @ 9:49:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

A friend of mine in Kentucky made a statement recently that resonates with me. He said: "My tendency is to approach the activities in my life as an obligation to fulfill rather than an opportunity to enjoy". He was speaking about activities such as spending one on one time with his young children, and many of the ministry activities he is involved in.

 

I was challenged by how true that can be in my life as well. Let's see, first I must make sure that I spend adequate time with God, then I need to be sure my wife knows she is important to me. Oh, yes, I also have 5 kids and 8 grandkids who need some of my time to know they are loved. And what about the approximately 180 employees or the couples in our spiritual community or the men in a morning bible study?

 

As I reflect I need to stop and ask myself:  is each of these an opportunity to enjoy the relationship or, am I approaching each activity as an obligation to fulfill?

 

I believe the core question that underlies this struggle is: Am I living in obedience to God out of duty and discipline or out of my love for Him? If my obedience to God flows out of duty and discipline then I will probably approach all my other activities in the same way. Another question I need to ask myself is: am I living life out of performance where my worth equals a function of my performance, or out of an incredible desire for intimacy with my Heavenly Father knowing I have worth because He says I have worth and I am created in His image?

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