The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “should.” (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:
I use the word “should” too often when I talk. Such as, “I should start on my homework,” “I should read that new bestseller,” or “I should call that friend I’ve been meaning to connect with.” The “shoulds” in my life sometimes tend to drown out the “wants” or the “needs.”
The deal is that these things I feel I should be doing are often just expectations I have placed upon myself. They are not things anyone else is feeling I need to be doing (although sometimes they are things I perceive others want me to do).
And that there is the kicker because in all of this I am not dealing with the reality of the situation. Instead I am letting my own or other’s expectations (perceived or otherwise) control my actions. In the end, this type of thinking is not beneficial to anyone!
A verse comes to mind in all this: Galatians 1:10 says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
So trying to please others, or myself, and doing what I feel I “should” be doing is not the way God has called me to live. instead, God desires that I lived into the unique giftings He has given me, seeking only to hear: “‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (Matthew 25:21).