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Please Call Back Later! - September 8, 2017

Please Call Back Later!

“Waah!!!”, “Mom, I need help!”, “Honey, can you give me a hand?”

Since my son was born in January, I feel as though I am being called upon 24-7. Sometimes, the last thing I want to do is pick up a phone, respond to an email, or feel obligated towards something.  Admittedly, that feeling is similar to when I feel God calling me for something.  That little voice inside my head goes, “please call later?” or “so-and-so has a natural gifting in that area, call them”. 

Inevitably, the voice inside my head is wrong.  In Matthew 11, Jesus calls “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (v 28-30 NLT).  

Many of us as women have multiple calls on our life. We are called in roles in our family, in our workplaces, with our friends, and our extended loved ones.  In these times, it is important to listen for God’s gentle whisper, when we are called to rest and be cared for, or when we are called to action. Ultimately, a calling from God is not meant to burn us out or over burden us. It is meant to lighten our load, and help us learn about God’s love, life, and direction.  Yes, a calling can stretch us, and challenge us at times, but that yoke should not be heavy as our spirits are refueled by the Holy Spirit, which keeps us strong (Ephesians 3: 16:19), and supported.  When life starts taking over, we can quickly become overwhelmed again.

If you find yourself avoiding calls like me, try listening for God’s gentle call for your life (perhaps at the fall retreat J).  God calls you to a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11b).

God calls us all to a full life, not an overfull one.

Ephesians 3: 14-19 (NLT) When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.  Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

By: Rozen Mathai

 

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Guest Comment 2 years ago
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Such truths and a great reminder that we are not called to an over-full life. Thanks Rozen! xo