Laura Bax


As the holidays are quickly approaching, may I ask this question? How full is your plate? Is it full to capacity, overflowing with too many things to do and places to be or is it nicely balanced? That being said, I want to share something with you.

Just the other day, I was asked if I would like to be involved in a church ministry. While my first instinct was to quickly say yes, I thought about it for a while and knew that instead of committing quickly, I should take some time to pray about the decision of adding something more to my plate.

I should preface that in making the decision to add to my plate, my plate is currently full to capacity. You may relate to the season of life that I am presently in. I have school-aged children who are involved in activities, run a busy household, have a husband and am involved with a few ministries at church. These are just some of the things on my plate of life, not to forget to mention the role of being a daughter, friend, sister, neighbor, etc.

While all of these things on my plate are wonderful and I want to be careful not to send the wrong message of complaining about my life, I must say that if I am not careful, I run the risk of having an overflowing plate.

I have been guilty of adding to my plate and not taking away other things to keep my plate from overflowing. And when my plate is overflowing that means that I begin to feel overwhelmed, which in turn means my kids and husband have a stressed out mother and wife. When I feel those negative feelings, it is not fair to my family; that because I took on too many things, they have to “suffer” for my poor decisions. Lack of seeking God about what He wants me involved in is usually always the reason for my poor decisions. Sound familiar?

So the next time you are asked to be involved in another church ministry or get your kids involved in another activity or take on another project at work, seek Him FIRST. It’s quite simple really, however if you are like me, I can complicate what God’s will is for my life. Examine your plate. Are all of the things that are on your plate because God wants them there or because you or someone else thinks they should be there? Are you usually stressed out and overwhelmed or do you have the peace of God within your heart? Does anything on your plate need to be removed or added?

As we move into the holiday season, my prayer for you is that you seek Him first in all that you do. May others see the joy of Christ exude through you, not someone who is overwhelmed and stressed with the weight of an overflowing plate.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”. Matthew 6:33

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