You read that correctly, and it is not a jocular reference to Bryan Williams’ notable interview comment. Have you ever asked the question “Do I have to do this?” The reluctant nature of the question could be the need for clarity, safeguarding your time, feeling inadequate, approaching frustration, lacking value for what you are doing or any number of things. If you’re fortunate, you can hear wisdom respond by posing the question “Where are you going?”
This inquiry will either refine your focus or expose your lack of it. When you have properly identified where you are going and why, skills such as decision-making and time management become automatic. The development of these skills (and others) will be challenged through a testing of your faith. Do you believe that you are where you are going? (Did you get that?...It’s done!) More important than the destination is the person you must be in order to get there. Who you are is your character, His image, the thing you were gifted when God created you and it is directly related to the thing you are purposed to do.
Understanding the difference between necessary and required is a lesson we have been grateful to grow in. It has made the difference in believing and being grateful for our own dreams and goals to believing and being even more excited for the dreams and goals of others that God will fulfill through us. We have learned that doing what is required is a conditioned lifestyle; we’re taught to do what makes us comfortable. At work, in relationships, with our health, our culture teaches us to seek the bare minimum, fulfill just that with satisfaction and hashtag it as “doing the most.” Doing what is necessary gets us past our comfort zone and to a level where our character is strengthened. Often, the things that are necessary will temper us in an area of weakness, revealing our need to rely on God’s strength.
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