Daily Devotional – 1/23/17 “Unsubscribe!”

When I got to work this morning, I was going through my emails and just like any other day, there were numerous ones from companies I’d one time or another associated with. You know how you sign up to get discounts or to stay in the know and now all you get is daily reminders from a place you probably don’t even shop at anymore. You delete them only for more to show up the next day with a new offer you don’t read or need. Well today was one of the days I am tired of going through them so I began unsubscribing. Yea, I unsubscribed from their junk. They’ll still send it but I’ll no longer get it. This made me think of life, naturally and spiritually. See, so many times we associate with people and things not realizing we’re signing up to receive their junk. We get attached and before you know it, you’ll start receiving more and more of their junk and less of the stuff you need. And by the time you recognize it, you’ll be just like me, tired! Well beloved, I have the remedy and it’s called un-subscribing. Yes ma’am and yes sir! It’s time you cut off some stuff that’s no longer beneficial to your way of living.

If you’re trying to save money, unsubscribe from all those stores you once shopped in. If you’re trying to get your spiritual mind together, cut off those friends who only need you when they want company to a party or bar. If you know it’s a temptation for you, cut it off. If you’re trying to stop smoking or drinking, it’s time to unsubscribe from the nicotine companies and liquor stores. If you’re trying to overcome sexual addiction then come out of the chat rooms and porn sites. If you want to stop cheating, cut off the relationships in your inbox. And if you want to get closer to God, remove yourself from the mess that’s blocking your way. Your marriage/relationship won’t work if you stay subscribed to the person who has never been in one. If you want your spiritual relationship to work, stop listening to the person who continually church/pastor hop. Look, I am not telling you to cut off everybody and everything but what I am sharing is this … reevaluate whether the subscription still meets your needs because you may just find that who or what worked last year no longer fits this year.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

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Daily Devotional – 1/3/17 “You can’t do it all!”

She spent all her time trying to live up to other’s expectations of her. She was the first to go to college from her family so she had to maintain good grades, everyone was counting on her. And she did but it was a daily struggle yet no one knew. She graduated and got a great job with benefits and now she felt obligated to help her parents because they’d been the one helping her. She did but it was a daily struggle yet no one saw it. Everyone at church looked up to her because she was a saved, single girl who had it all together. She did but it was a daily struggle and she was tired. She was tired of feeling like she had to say yes. Tired of feeling like she’d let folk down if she missed one Sunday. Tired of feeling like folk wouldn’t eat if she took one day off. It was an inward struggle. One day she didn’t show up for work and that was unusual. One of her friends from college, who was also a coworker went to check on her. She saw her car in the parking lot and when she got to the door, she heard her phone ringing but she didn’t answer. She called 911 and by the time they got inside they found a note next to her body that read, “I’m sorry, I couldn’t do it all.”

For somebody reading this, you have to know that you can’t do it all. You can’t be and do what everybody else wants because you’ll find yourself being burnt out. Yes, I know you have people depending on you but what good will you do if you can’t do anything? Is a bulb any good after it’s burned out? Are batteries any good once they’ve reached their capacity? Are tires any good once they’ve run their course? I’m only asking because just like light bulbs, batteries and tires; we have to ensure we are equipped to be what someone else needs. This is why you have to say no sometimes, you can’t accept every invitation. This is why you have to shut up sometimes, every argument isn’t worth it. This is why you have to let some folk go, all relationships aren’t good. This is why you have to sever some ties, they are draining you. In this New Year, you need to reevaluate relationships, appointments, agreements and contracts. This year, you need to look at some stuff you agreed to years ago because you may just find that they don’t fit anymore. You can’t do everything and you can’t be what everybody needs and you have to get to a place where you are okay with saying it. If not, you’ll find yourself working to please folk who aren’t even worthy of it.

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