There's a movement happening in my house and I can only hope it's spreading as it's starting with me personally.
While driving down I-49, listening to Be Still Be Free, it's a staple when I'm in the car or have some (infrequent) downtime, I listened to Sarah discuss a mindset change I had tried to instill last Christmas. Unfortunately, it stopped at the end of the holidays.
I don't have to, I get to.
I love God's timing. It is so perfect every single time.
That evening, Cody came home and began discussing ministry movements within our church and it was becoming apparent the ministry we had our heart set on might not be the ministry we were going to get to do.
I was upset and he was empathetic to my emotions.
Somewhere in my ranting, I stopped and said something to the effect of, "I have to walk away because nothing I'm saying is good."
I wasn't speaking life (another thing I'm working on), I was speaking death and I needed to stop before I caused irreversible damage.
Spinning circles in the kitchen, I prayed for forgiveness for my selfishness and then repeated, "I don't have to do this, I get to do this."
I came back to Cody and apologized for being a brat and said something along the lines of, "We don't have to do this, we get to do this. If this is where God wants us, then this is what we get to do."
Anything we set our hearts on to do, whether ministry, business, projects, work, etc, it's hard to step back and let someone else take the reins, but so many times, if we allow it, God can use those moments to show us an impurity that needs to be dealt with.
If this is the path He is taking us on, then I know in the future we'll look back with gladness that we walked in obedience.
What was really cool about the prayer I had in the kitchen was that I let God remove the frustration from me and I could physically feel a difference.
I wasn't angry, I was at peace.
I wasn't frustrated, I was happy.
I was no longer pushing back, I was being pulled towards something greater.
I marked the feeling in my heart and reminded myself that God is in control.
With Him at the helm, I could either bitterly oblige or willfully ride.
Since then, I've been working on things I "have to do" and turning them into things "I get to do".
I don't have to go to work, I get to go to work.
I don't have to travel for work, I get to travel for work.
I don't have to sell Matilda Jane , I get to sell Matilda Jane and get cute clothes in the process!
I don't have to sell Pampered Chef, I get to sell Pampered Chef and get some great cooking tools to use!
I don't have to blog about faith and Young Living oils, I get to blog about faith and Young Living oils to help encourage people like you and whatever you're walking through!
I don't have to do stuff with my kids, I get to do stuff my kids because they're only this little this long!
I don't have to go take care of the chickens, I get to take care of the chickens (even though they stink)!
I don't have to buy someone a gift, I get to buy someone a gift and then I get to give it to them! (Acts 20:35)
I don't have to visit grandparents, I get to visit grandparents because they won't be there forever!
I don't have to run that errand, I get to run that errand because I am blessed beyond all measure!
I don't have to tithe, I get to tithe because the Lord has been gracious to us! (2 Corinthians 9:7)
When we start looking at the things we have to do as things we get to do, the outlook changes.
The motivation shifts.
Selfishness hits the wayside and we get to ride in the journey of what God has set before us!
Get out of God's way and let Him pull you into the mainstream of His will. (Ephesians 6:10)
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