Be Doing What Makes a Difference

Off and on, I ask myself whether or not the “doing” and “being” sides of my life are balanced. On the one hand, I like to be involved in planning, strategizing and juggling different activities. I also enjoy helping others think through where they’re going and help them work out how to accomplish their vision and goals and manage their time. But sometimes I think I get so wrapped up in the “doing” — where I want to go, what I want to accomplish, and how I’ll do it — that the “being” side of me suffers.

If we’re honest, most of us would say that it’s easier to get up and do, than to sit and be still. For some reason, we think we need to be busy, or appear to be busy. We think we need to rush around and take advantage of that window of uninterrupted time to get as much done as possible. And we miss out on simply enjoying a cup of tea in the peace and quiet of the moment.

It’s easy to get caught up in the trap of taking on a job or position before considering whether or not it fits our gifts and abilities. We say “yes” to something because we feel obligated and end up regretting it. We get involved in activities that don’t fit who we are and what we can contribute with the gifts and abilities God gave us. And we take things on that put us into conflict with ourselves.

Before you fill your schedule with more activity, think about who God created you to “be” and what He created you to “do.” If you’re overwhelmed with what’s on your plate or you’re in the process of deciding whether to take on a new position or project, here are four questions to consider.

1. What are your God-given gifts and abilities?
2. What activities are you currently involved in?
3. Which of your involvements do not utilize your gifts and abilities?
4. Which involvements make you want to get out of bed in the morning?

The answers to these questions will help you evaluate where to put your time so that you can maintain a good balance of “doing” and “being.”