Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. Galatians 5:25
For years I did things for the wrong reasons. The things I did weren’t bad—quite the contrary—many were good, God-serving things. But I wasn’t doing them from a heart of abundance or grace, but because of guilt.
I either felt guilty because there was a need going unfilled, or I because I had the ability to do something that needed doing. I actually believed that because I saw a need it meant I was supposed to fix it.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
That kind of thinking sent me straight into major burnout. I don’t know about you, but around our neck of the woods there are lots of needs. I could be six people and still not come close to stemming the tide.
So how did I turn things around?
By learning to listen to God.
Only He can tell when my help is actually…well…helpful. Sometimes my propensity for jumping in without praying is actually hindering someone else from responding to the need. The only way to tell the difference is to listen to him.