SLAVERY. I consider myself a slave…. to family, to friends, to society, to government, and to God. Too often, though… I am a SLAVE in the W-R-O-N-G proportions… the wrong times, for the wrong reasons….and occasionally… to the wrong people. For… Too many… are SLAVES to Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other forms of social media. Too bad!
With my life changing over the years… my priorities have changed dramatically – in that, my children are grown adults, my financial needs have lessened; my material and time-needs have diminished… yet… I’ve not re-arranged my priorities, or resources, to better reflect those areas that are more deserving; especially in terms of spending more time with my wife and family. In other words…I’ve not adapted in proportion to the changes.
And, worse … I’ve routinely overlooked opportunities to strengthen my relationship with the Lord God, Jesus Christ.
While my CAREER is… basically over… the opportunities are abound to help others hone their skills …fulfill their goals and dreams…and even strengthen their spiritual foundation. Thoughts arise, as to careers being built around God… rather than… through God.
We all have responsibilities and commitments to our family, community, and to God which… increase as we mature in age, talents, and resources. So the question: to what degree are we committed, and to what boundaries are we bound?
We are told in …Romans 12:6-8 – Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Commitments are not ‘one-night-stands’… whether… they’re business, social, family… or spiritual. They carry ‘terms and conditions’ … which must be honored and obeyed.
Being a SLAVE for the right reasons, to the right people, in the right proportion…and, at the right time…is not slavery…it’s LOVE.