#ChurchNotes: Quitting things

My pastor, Pete Wilson, started a new series at church yesterday.

It’s called “I Quit.”

No, it’s not about quitting your job.

Rather, it’s about quitting the business that keeps us from experiencing the things God actually has for us.

Why are we so busy? What fills our schedules?

I get asked to do a lot. Not because I’m extremely talented or because I have significance.

It’s because I always say yes.

“Yes.”

I enjoy doing almost all the things I do.

That’s not the problem.

The bigger question is why.

Why do I enjoy all the things I do?

Because I often get my confidence from the approval of others.

The problem is God calls us to be driven by conviction, not confidence.

“Be driven by conviction, not confidence.” – Wilson

Another words, you and I should focus on seeking God’s approval more than the approval of others.

That isn’t easy, is it?

We so badly want to be and feel loved. We crave acceptance in a culture that promotes ridicule and exclusion.

The last place we want to be is in isolation.

Be honest.

What will you do to feel loved by your family, friends and strangers?

“Live your life to be loving, not to be loved.” – Wilson

I have started by quitting the word “yes.”

My struggle is feeling indispensable to a situation I am not necessary for.

Wow, isn’t that arrogant?

I’m not the only one, am I?

One of the many things I have learned is that when I am in a role I am not supposed to be in, I am stealing the opportunity from someone else.

Yesterday’s message cut me deep and I have a lot of decisions to make as I process which of my commitments are done from a heart of conviction and which ones are done out of confidence.

There’s an endless list of things we can quit:

  • Complaining
  • Hating
  • Toxic relationships
  • Hurting
  • Stress
  • Addictions
  • Comparing
  • Procrastination
  • Negativity
  • Anger
  • Disrespect
  • Irresponsibility
  • (Fill in the blank.)

Instead of starting a bunch of more things to fill our calendars and our egos this year, will you join me in quitting things as well?

Life tip: Talk to someone you trust about this and ask for them to help pray with you and hold you accountable, just as if you were starting something.

Check out the full message on Cross Point’s website.

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