Love you all, praying for you.
Saturday’s are always interesting days. They often include discretionary time... optional - time not already pre-committed. Discretionary time is always a wonderful opportunity. What are you going to do with it? Whether a Saturday, an off day, or evening, lunch time, break time - those times that are discretionary... they provide great opportunity for conversation – with your Heavenly Father to see what He has in mind – for that time He has given you. There are only Six Things you can do - really. #1 - You can do what you want to do, #2 - You can do what you think you have to do, #3 - You can do what others want you to do, #4 - You can do what you think others want you to do, #5 - You can do what you think God wants you to do, or #6 - You can truly, completely and joyfully do - What God really wants you to do.
Which of the six, do you do most often? Which of the six do you think most people do in what order? Of the six – the most popular by far is probably #2 – People do what they think they have to do - what they think needs to get done (the urgent) which may or may not be urgent. This is a critical thing - you must understand the difference between PiVAT and PiVAT Maybe. What God has planned for you versus what you think you "gotta do." Praying you’ll review the Relationship Topic – PiVAT Maybe. It will save you from hours maybe years of misplaced mental and physical effort. God has better - He wants you to learn to discern.
Second most often – people probably do #3 – What others want them to do. Their lives are driven by others' expectations. The problem with this is - You don’t have enough hours in the day – to do all the things other people want you to do for them! or expect you to do, or request of you. They’re trying to get their stuff done – through you!
Third most often thing people probably do #4 - What they think others want them to do. They just got the impression that they had to do it because so-and-so wanted them to – only to find out later – that’s not what they said, or really meant. Or they never find out. People just let them do it and never let them know they didn’t really request, or want that. Too awkward. Or those people didn’t even notice… they were too busy being self-absorbed to even notice the effort or sacrifice done on their behalf. Many people are stuck in the trap of living their lives to please other people. It's draining, time consuming, unfulfilling, and the problem with that – is that you can’t please God, if you are trying to please other people. How many things has God really told you to do – that everyone understands or agrees with? Especially the significant things, or even the little things.
Probably Fourth most often of the six – People do what they want to do. Work or Leisure which benefits them – by their own definition or goals or ambitions, or values. For some people, this might rise to second on the priority list – those totally dedicated to themselves who don’t really think that much of others’ wants or needs, or pride themselves in not being directed or controlled by others… But for perhaps the majority of people – their guilt, or other’s expectations probably outweigh even their own wants.
Now finally we reach a different level of living. Those who consider what God wants. The Fifth most often of the Six things you can do – most people who want to please God – do what they think pleases Him. Surely He wants me to work harder, go to church more, sacrifice the rest I desperately need, or sacrifice what my spouse and children need from me - for more altruistic purposes. This is called religion. A self-determined, self established standard of Holiness – probably fashioned by their upbringing, or the devil’s internal accusations. Everyone of us has been taught from an early age – how to look holy… less how to be holy. How to look righteous, less how to be righteous. Don’t look, Don’t touch… Not Love God this much! Religion is a heavy yoke – the opposite of the yoke of Christ. Jesus said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Finally – #6 – Do what God wants them to do – (what He actually told them) is probably the last thing of the Six - that people do. Why is that? Most people don’t even understand God loves them enough to direct them in the way they should go, the way best for them, the way He has chosen for them - where rest and success and significance await. They have never heard of PiVAT before dinner – asking God for His plans for them for tomorrow – and having not asked... they have not received. They just don’t know what He wants them to do – they just do what they have always done – the best they know or feel. And for others – they don’t do what God wants them to do – because other voices, or pressures, or wants or desires are louder – than that still small voice – that could direct them in ridiculously good things that are waiting for them each day. Praying that you will be aware of the Six Things You Can Do... that you would know that anything less than #6 – What God wants you to do – is choosing the less - missing out on His Best.
Finally praying that PiVAT before dinner, PiVAT Weekly and PiVAT Monthly – along with PRISM – to test and approve what His perfect will is, and your Daily Call – which keeps you overcoming… would completely and permanently refashion and establish your entire life - to be a #6 Life - That you would become so used to living in the rhythm of Hearing and Obeying and Overcoming with your testimony – that you would really know no other. That what you think you have to do – is separated completely on your PiVAT Maybe, that what others want, need or expect is a part of your prayer and compassion, but not your participation – unless your Heavenly Father directs you – and for the time He assigns. Praying that you are never trapped by your preconceived notions of what God wants – because in every PiVAT before dinner He just told you exactly what to do and when to do it, and you’re walking joyfully even this hour in the journey He is leading you in. That Number Six Life – is a life like no other. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light! It’s what walking in the Good that He has for you feels like!
Love you all,
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