Moving the Boundaries
I have discovered that many women are ‘rescuers.’ When they hear of a problem, they automatically want to jump up and help. While that can be a very good quality, it can also cause us to jump over the boundary lines that God has in place for us. When God tells us to sit still, but we continue to jump up and help, we may end up trading God’s best for something less. When asked to do something, I have learned to tell the person that I need to pray about it first. Sometimes I know right away that there is no way I can do it, and I will say so. Yet there are other times when I can get caught up in the excitement of the moment and want to commit to doing something. If I signed up and committed myself, and it wasn’t God’s will for me to do it, I’m going to quickly feel stressed, overburdened, grouchy, angry, and I’m going to sense a lot of discord in my spirit.
At the time I’m writing this, I just attended a children’s worker’s meeting. It was so easy to get caught up in the excitement of the youth pastor and want to do more! Yet, at the same time, I realize that God is calling me away from that ministry since I am now teaching a class for ladies on Sunday morning and on Wednesday nights. As hard as it was, I had to let our youth pastor know that I would be stepping down from helping once a month to only helping about four times a year when they do their ‘fun day.’
I’ve been helping in children’s church for about three years now. I’ve never felt ‘called’ to that place of ministry. Rather, it was a convenient place to serve because it didn’t require that I take my daughter to a sitter so that I could go ‘serve God.’ She was even allowed to attend the quarterly meetings with me. At the same time, I kept having dreams from the Lord of being used to teach women’s ministry. I knew deep down that my time in there was coming to an end, yet it was still hard to give it up because our church is without a pastor right now, and attendance is drastically dropping. They really need the help in that department because the workers are few. Yet, if I continued on in that ministry, it was going to be a distraction to where God is taking me now. My passion is to teach and encourage women, so it’s time to allow God to move my boundary lines in a different direction.
I share this personal example with you to get you to evaluate your own life. Does God want to move some of your boundary lines? Are you holding Him back?
© 2005, Stacy R. Miller