May 12, 2022

The Enemy of the Best is the Good

The Enemy of the Best is the Good

In ministry, we can do a lot of “good” things. These things can be a distraction from the best things that God is calling us to. In this episode, we share some insights on how you can stay focused on the best things without falling victim to the "good" things.

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WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.160 --> 00:00:03.879 God has good things for us. He has a good calling on our life, 2 00:00:04.000 --> 00:00:06.919 but the best thing is to walk in the good calling that God has 3 00:00:06.960 --> 00:00:11.759 on your life, not the things that other people want you to do. 4 00:00:12.320 --> 00:00:18.519 I Am Yours, I am yours, I am yours, and me Lord, 5 00:00:18.719 --> 00:00:23.879 I am yours, I am yours. I'm welcome to the Gospel Center 6 00:00:23.960 --> 00:00:29.399 Pro Life Podcast, a podcast designed to equip, encourage and challenge you in 7 00:00:29.440 --> 00:00:33.479 pro life ministry and always were the focus on the Gospel. Stay tuned. 8 00:00:35.479 --> 00:00:48.560 I felt show passish, touch your heart. Use Me. Welcome back to 9 00:00:48.600 --> 00:00:52.399 the Gospel centered pro life podcast. Appreciate you guys joining us. My name 10 00:00:52.520 --> 00:00:57.840 is Daniel Parks. I am the West Coast Regional Shepherd for love life, 11 00:00:57.880 --> 00:01:03.479 so oversee our efforts on the West Coast and I'm joined with my cohost, 12 00:01:03.679 --> 00:01:08.000 Vicki Kessi Org. Hey, there everyone, and Vicki Kessi Org is our 13 00:01:08.200 --> 00:01:12.680 director of sidewalk training. I have a new title. We've given her a 14 00:01:12.680 --> 00:01:19.239 new title. Vicki's awesome. She trains a lot of people and actually we're 15 00:01:19.280 --> 00:01:23.719 flying her around the country to various sidewalk ministries where we have a love life 16 00:01:23.719 --> 00:01:30.239 presence and just helping equip those sidewalk ministries by sending Vicki and her expertise out 17 00:01:30.280 --> 00:01:34.200 there to speak into that. And of course, as we've shared in the 18 00:01:34.200 --> 00:01:37.480 past, we both have an expertise, I guess you can call an expertise 19 00:01:37.519 --> 00:01:41.719 in sidewalk ministry. Basically, we've been doing it for a long time and 20 00:01:41.799 --> 00:01:46.519 we've made a bunch of mistakes and are trying to help you guys not make 21 00:01:46.519 --> 00:01:51.959 those same mistakes. So that's right. Yeah, so in this episode, 22 00:01:52.000 --> 00:01:56.200 I'm kind of excited about it. We were talking about just various episodes that 23 00:01:56.239 --> 00:02:00.719 we wanted to do in various titles that we wanted to to cover. We 24 00:02:00.840 --> 00:02:04.319 cover stuff that's really needy, gritty and practical, you know, and then 25 00:02:04.359 --> 00:02:09.159 we cover stuff that's more like, I don't know, in the philosophical realm, 26 00:02:09.879 --> 00:02:14.599 kind of looking at what what is going to the our heart, like 27 00:02:14.639 --> 00:02:19.479 what's going on inside of us, as opposed to practical advice on how to 28 00:02:19.599 --> 00:02:24.560 Sidewalk Council, but what are some things that are really discouraging, yeah, 29 00:02:24.800 --> 00:02:29.000 US, that that we need to address? Yeah, yeah, yeah, 30 00:02:29.039 --> 00:02:35.520 because you can be as good a sidewalk counselor as you want, but in 31 00:02:35.599 --> 00:02:38.879 have all the principles and all the boxes checked and all that stuff. But 32 00:02:38.360 --> 00:02:43.840 if the enemy uses some other things to neutralize you, right, and you 33 00:02:43.960 --> 00:02:49.159 end up not going out through the sidewalk because you're distracted or because you're discourage 34 00:02:49.560 --> 00:02:54.280 or whatever it may be, then all the practical stuff does you know good? 35 00:02:54.360 --> 00:02:59.599 Right, yeah, and I think I love those words. But the 36 00:02:59.719 --> 00:03:02.960 N me is using to neutralize you, because the enemy is very crafty. 37 00:03:04.120 --> 00:03:07.599 And the interesting thing is if you're following the Lord, he's probably not going 38 00:03:07.639 --> 00:03:12.439 to use bad things right neutralize you so much. He's not going to. 39 00:03:12.639 --> 00:03:15.840 It's less likely in my experience that I'm going to be tempted to do something 40 00:03:15.840 --> 00:03:23.199 that's out right bad or wrong. Right, I'm tempted by what is good. 41 00:03:23.280 --> 00:03:27.840 Yeah, and that's how our podcast kind of developed. Yeah, and 42 00:03:27.879 --> 00:03:31.199 the title is the enemy of the best is the good. Yes, now, 43 00:03:31.199 --> 00:03:35.479 if you've been around me any any amount of time, you've probably heard 44 00:03:35.479 --> 00:03:38.000 me say that. Yeah, and yeah, I've heard a lot of others 45 00:03:38.199 --> 00:03:42.719 say that the enemy of the best is the good, and it's kind of 46 00:03:42.719 --> 00:03:46.759 that principle. The scripture tells us the devil comes as an angel of light. 47 00:03:47.039 --> 00:03:51.240 Right, the enemy comes a devil we're walking with Jesus, like you 48 00:03:51.280 --> 00:03:53.360 said, the enemy. He's not going to come with some straight up temptation 49 00:03:53.400 --> 00:03:55.759 to sin. I mean certainly we know he can and he will, but 50 00:03:55.800 --> 00:03:59.919 a lot of times that he comes in the subtleties. He comes in his 51 00:03:59.960 --> 00:04:03.400 craftiness because he knows if he just kind of shows all his cards, then 52 00:04:03.439 --> 00:04:06.360 you're not going to take the bait. But if he can come and crafts, 53 00:04:06.479 --> 00:04:12.879 he can come with good things but they're not the best things, then 54 00:04:12.919 --> 00:04:15.319 you can get distracted. I think that's the main thing that we want to 55 00:04:15.319 --> 00:04:19.920 warn you guys about, is just being distracted. Yeah, getting distracted by 56 00:04:19.920 --> 00:04:24.519 other things, by things that vibe for your time and your attention and your 57 00:04:24.560 --> 00:04:30.439 focus. Whenever, in reality, the best things are. They're certain good 58 00:04:30.480 --> 00:04:34.439 things. Right, if we're if we're children of God, God has good 59 00:04:34.480 --> 00:04:38.720 things for us. He has a good calling on our life. But the 60 00:04:38.759 --> 00:04:42.399 best thing is to walk in the good calling that God has on your life, 61 00:04:42.480 --> 00:04:46.279 not the things that other people want you to do. Right, right, 62 00:04:46.279 --> 00:04:53.680 and for me those good things it's less an issue of distraction as much 63 00:04:53.759 --> 00:04:58.600 as just losing energy. Yeah, then I don't have the energy to put 64 00:04:58.639 --> 00:05:02.439 for spiritual, emotional whatever to be a fourth for what God has indeed called 65 00:05:02.519 --> 00:05:05.199 me. Yeah, to do. Yeah, and so, just to be 66 00:05:05.279 --> 00:05:11.120 real plain, the best things for you as a believer in Jesus is what 67 00:05:11.199 --> 00:05:14.800 God has called you to. Right, that's the best thing. Now, 68 00:05:15.000 --> 00:05:19.480 God calls people to all kinds of things. I certainly believe that there are 69 00:05:19.480 --> 00:05:25.839 more people called to do sidewalk ministry than are actually doing it. Yeah, 70 00:05:25.879 --> 00:05:28.720 there's a lot of people out there that should be doing this ministry. They're 71 00:05:28.800 --> 00:05:31.759 not right, but also don't believe that everyone is called to this ministry. 72 00:05:31.839 --> 00:05:35.879 Right. There are people that are called to do things in the political realm. 73 00:05:35.920 --> 00:05:39.560 There are people that are called to do things. You know, there's 74 00:05:39.720 --> 00:05:43.079 people that are called to be pastors of Churches and in order to do that 75 00:05:43.160 --> 00:05:46.839 and do that, well, that's the best thing for them. They're really 76 00:05:46.879 --> 00:05:50.120 not going to be involved in the sidewalk ministry. I hope that their church 77 00:05:50.160 --> 00:05:54.319 would adopt a we you can get involved with love life in some capacity, 78 00:05:55.360 --> 00:06:00.160 but they're not going to be on the sidewalk likely. Yeah, people who 79 00:06:00.199 --> 00:06:03.639 are called to be a missionary in, you know, China or Africa or 80 00:06:03.639 --> 00:06:10.279 wherever oversees their call to are not going to be able to do the sidewalk 81 00:06:10.319 --> 00:06:14.199 ministry because that calling is the best thing for them. If I was to 82 00:06:14.199 --> 00:06:16.959 come along and try to try to convince then they need to do sidewalk ministry 83 00:06:17.000 --> 00:06:23.240 when they're really called to go to China and be a missionary, yeah, 84 00:06:23.279 --> 00:06:25.920 that I would be. I would be competing with the best thing for them 85 00:06:25.959 --> 00:06:29.120 by offering a good thing, right. So that's kind of the train of 86 00:06:29.120 --> 00:06:30.560 thought that we're going for here. Yeah, and I want to say I 87 00:06:30.639 --> 00:06:34.480 just want to affirm you guys that are listening to this. You're likely listening 88 00:06:34.480 --> 00:06:40.600 to this podcast because you are called to this ministry, whether you're called to 89 00:06:40.639 --> 00:06:44.480 it in some kind of you official, full time capacity as a love life 90 00:06:44.519 --> 00:06:47.720 missionary, or whether you're called to it as a lead volunteer or a volunteer, 91 00:06:47.879 --> 00:06:51.399 my weekly volunteer, monthly volunteer, whatever it is, you're likely called 92 00:06:51.480 --> 00:06:55.680 to this. And so what we're going to be speaking and kind of in 93 00:06:55.720 --> 00:07:00.920 the terms of is don't let good things compete with that calling, which would 94 00:07:00.920 --> 00:07:02.519 be the best thing. Right. That's what God has for you. Now 95 00:07:02.560 --> 00:07:06.680 I cannot tell you what is the best thing for you. Vicki's not going 96 00:07:06.720 --> 00:07:10.720 to be able to tell you what's the best thing for you? You have 97 00:07:10.800 --> 00:07:15.040 to seek the Lord and you know, we can, maybe, probably won't 98 00:07:15.079 --> 00:07:16.959 be able to drill into all of the principles that will tell you what are 99 00:07:16.959 --> 00:07:19.000 the best things for you. But the number one thing is you need to 100 00:07:19.000 --> 00:07:24.360 seek the Lord. Right, if you desire to do the thing that's that's 101 00:07:24.360 --> 00:07:28.920 a good marker of like this is probably what God is calling you to. 102 00:07:29.079 --> 00:07:31.199 But also you want others in your life speaking into that. Do you? 103 00:07:31.439 --> 00:07:35.360 Do you see in my life that God is calling me to this particular Ministry 104 00:07:35.360 --> 00:07:40.439 of that Particular Ministry? Talk with your pastor talk with people that love Jesus 105 00:07:40.439 --> 00:07:42.879 and that love you, that are close to you, and they can affirm 106 00:07:42.959 --> 00:07:45.800 the calling that you feel in your heart. Now, do not mean to 107 00:07:45.839 --> 00:07:49.800 say that you're giddy about being involved in this ministry. It's often across to 108 00:07:49.879 --> 00:07:54.600 bear for us to step into the best thing that God has for us. 109 00:07:54.680 --> 00:07:57.560 Right. Yeah, I mean I think of the Apostle Paul. What was 110 00:07:57.600 --> 00:08:01.680 the best for him? It was to go to be Apostle, an apostle 111 00:08:01.680 --> 00:08:05.319 to the gentiles, to bring the Gospel to them. Because of that, 112 00:08:05.279 --> 00:08:09.600 it was pretty, pretty difficult for the Apostle Paul Right, he said down, 113 00:08:09.639 --> 00:08:15.160 shipwrecked. Yeah, haunted, pretty imprisoned. Yeah, he didn't have 114 00:08:15.199 --> 00:08:18.279 an easy time of it, but he followed his calling. Yeah, he 115 00:08:18.319 --> 00:08:24.879 did, and he followed it until he's his life was taken because of the 116 00:08:24.920 --> 00:08:28.120 Gospel, right. It's what Church history tells us. Yeah, and so 117 00:08:28.920 --> 00:08:31.320 again, we're not going to be able to tell you what the best thing 118 00:08:31.399 --> 00:08:35.120 is for you. That's between you and the Lord. But if the best 119 00:08:35.120 --> 00:08:39.519 thing for you is to do this sidewalk ministry, I can tell you there's 120 00:08:39.559 --> 00:08:45.519 going to be good things that compete for your time and your attention. Yeah, 121 00:08:45.600 --> 00:08:48.080 so, and that's that was one of the things that kind of sparked 122 00:08:48.120 --> 00:08:52.879 the the podcast. In the article that I wrote, I was telling you 123 00:08:52.919 --> 00:08:58.080 about an incident that happened a while back that I've always felt guilty about, 124 00:08:58.200 --> 00:09:01.840 where I was on the sidewalk. And again, we're doing this whole article 125 00:09:01.919 --> 00:09:05.600 from the perspective, basically, of if you're calling as as a sidewalk counselor 126 00:09:05.639 --> 00:09:11.279 I was on the sidewalk doing what I was called to do and and someone 127 00:09:11.399 --> 00:09:15.440 came great guy, but he showed up with a whole bunch of political tracks 128 00:09:15.480 --> 00:09:18.279 and wanted to have me hand them out. All my friends and family and 129 00:09:18.320 --> 00:09:22.240 all of our counselors and everyone in the pro life movement in fact needed to 130 00:09:22.240 --> 00:09:28.600 read and hand out these tracks and and wanted me to then call my representative 131 00:09:28.600 --> 00:09:33.240 immediately and and then show up at a rally that he can't and I was 132 00:09:33.360 --> 00:09:35.840 just as He's speaking, I'm thinking these are all it was good. It 133 00:09:35.879 --> 00:09:39.600 was a good cause. I don't remember what it was at the moment, 134 00:09:39.679 --> 00:09:43.600 but there's always something in the in the pro life world, and and I 135 00:09:43.759 --> 00:09:48.200 think this is all great, but I just was feeling panic, thinking babies 136 00:09:48.240 --> 00:09:54.080 are dying. I'm here with a mission that God has set me on and 137 00:09:54.200 --> 00:09:56.320 I don't even want to take the time really to engage with him about this 138 00:09:56.600 --> 00:10:01.600 very serious and important subject. But it wasn't it's not what I do. 139 00:10:01.840 --> 00:10:05.919 Yeah, I needed to focus on the sidewalk and I actually told him, 140 00:10:05.960 --> 00:10:09.720 no, I know, I won't do that. I'm so sorry, but 141 00:10:09.879 --> 00:10:13.480 this is what I do, this is what I need to do. I 142 00:10:13.480 --> 00:10:18.120 can't take the time to do that. Yeah, and and he was kind 143 00:10:18.159 --> 00:10:22.120 of actually, I'm not sure he was thrilled with me right. He looked 144 00:10:22.120 --> 00:10:24.840 a little bit taken aback and and said, what, would it be okay 145 00:10:24.879 --> 00:10:30.639 for him to hand out the pamphlets to my sidewalk counselors? And I said 146 00:10:30.799 --> 00:10:33.600 okay, but I even then I was thinking you shouldn't be doing that. 147 00:10:33.799 --> 00:10:39.399 Yeah, I was thinking the best that that whole team could give to the 148 00:10:39.440 --> 00:10:43.279 Lord was to do exactly what they were doing. Yeah, not to be 149 00:10:43.320 --> 00:10:48.080 sidetracked by this very important and good thing. Yeah, and and then I 150 00:10:48.120 --> 00:10:54.039 felt great, great guilt. And and so I think what this story reflects 151 00:10:54.399 --> 00:10:58.759 is what I like to call the tyranny of the good right of the urgent. 152 00:10:58.039 --> 00:11:01.159 They were urgent things. We will all face them. There are good 153 00:11:01.200 --> 00:11:05.639 things. We will all face them, but we do need to keep our 154 00:11:05.639 --> 00:11:11.840 focus on what God, yeah, would have us do. Yeah. So 155 00:11:13.080 --> 00:11:16.519 the scenario, if you guys didn't catch that, is she's out on the 156 00:11:16.559 --> 00:11:20.840 sidewalk reaching out as people are going into the busiest abortion center in the southeast. 157 00:11:20.840 --> 00:11:24.240 Twenty five to thirty baby scheduled to die in that place. Okay, 158 00:11:24.399 --> 00:11:28.639 and she and the team were there reaching out, trying to reach those MOMS. 159 00:11:28.639 --> 00:11:33.919 A guy comes along with political flyers, a good political movement and a 160 00:11:33.960 --> 00:11:39.559 good political push and some things that I don't again not like you got always 161 00:11:39.559 --> 00:11:46.360 provide. It's definitely pro life. But so in that scenario like that's that's 162 00:11:46.399 --> 00:11:50.000 a terrible scenario to be focus in your attention on some kind of political thing 163 00:11:50.039 --> 00:11:54.919 like you're dealing really in the ditch with people that are dying at that moment 164 00:11:54.080 --> 00:11:58.679 right if he could read the situation, well, he could have read that 165 00:11:58.759 --> 00:12:01.759 a Kay, it's probably not a good idea for me to be drawing their 166 00:12:01.799 --> 00:12:05.759 attention away from this right now. Let me let me get her phone number 167 00:12:05.799 --> 00:12:07.799 or email address, an email or about it. You know, that would 168 00:12:07.799 --> 00:12:11.840 be a good way to read the situation. Yeah, so we don't mean 169 00:12:11.879 --> 00:12:16.080 to say that standing against wicked stuff. I mean I know in California this 170 00:12:16.759 --> 00:12:22.799 Abtwo to twenty three bill, what they're calling the infanticide bill, is something 171 00:12:22.879 --> 00:12:26.399 that state of California at this point there's like really close to passing. Yeah, 172 00:12:26.440 --> 00:12:28.480 and I want to get into all of that, but certainly we need 173 00:12:28.519 --> 00:12:33.720 to stand against that stuff and there many of our people in California that stood 174 00:12:33.720 --> 00:12:39.320 against that. Certainly they do, but weren't right there in the ditch and 175 00:12:39.320 --> 00:12:41.960 we're trying to stop people from killing their children. That's not the time for 176 00:12:43.039 --> 00:12:45.679 us to be focused on these other things, to be thinking about those other 177 00:12:45.759 --> 00:12:48.159 things, like people are dying inside of the building right there. We need 178 00:12:48.200 --> 00:12:56.000 to focus on on that. Yes, now we'll say too that, for 179 00:12:56.000 --> 00:13:00.080 for the brother that came by to share those things with you right maybe the 180 00:13:00.159 --> 00:13:05.080 best for him is that he has that political movement and all of that stuff. 181 00:13:05.080 --> 00:13:09.080 That's maybe the best thing for him. Often Times the best things for 182 00:13:09.200 --> 00:13:13.919 us will draw other people. It will be the best things for us are 183 00:13:13.960 --> 00:13:16.919 the good things for other people whenever they're really in the vein of the best 184 00:13:16.919 --> 00:13:20.679 thing for them. All of this is between you and the Lord. No 185 00:13:20.720 --> 00:13:24.720 one can tell you really what's the best thing for you. You've got to 186 00:13:24.799 --> 00:13:28.559 seek the Lord and figure out where he's got you and where he wants you. 187 00:13:28.759 --> 00:13:35.480 The point of this podcast is you can't do everything are you'll burn out 188 00:13:35.480 --> 00:13:39.960 and end up doing nothing. You'll do nothing well, and so that was 189 00:13:39.039 --> 00:13:43.919 the first main point is that no one can do all things well. And 190 00:13:43.960 --> 00:13:46.399 I would even I would take what you said. I agree with what you 191 00:13:46.480 --> 00:13:52.799 said, but but I also believe that at no point would what he what 192 00:13:54.000 --> 00:13:56.879 he was asking me to do, be my best. Yeah, I just 193 00:13:58.000 --> 00:14:01.240 I know my limitations and that's one of the things we're going to get through. 194 00:14:01.320 --> 00:14:05.679 As we talked about and we kind of wrote up principles of discerning, 195 00:14:05.759 --> 00:14:09.080 yeah, what is best, and the very first one is really what you've 196 00:14:09.120 --> 00:14:13.320 already said. Be In the word and he'd got's calling. Yeah, God 197 00:14:13.360 --> 00:14:20.480 doesn't want us frazzled, discourage, never having time for for to prioritize the 198 00:14:20.519 --> 00:14:24.559 things that God wants us to prioritize. Yeah. So I was thinking in 199 00:14:24.679 --> 00:14:33.039 scripture there's so many examples of that where there is a leader that God has 200 00:14:33.080 --> 00:14:37.200 appointed, he's given them the mission. That leader knows his mission and he's 201 00:14:37.240 --> 00:14:43.720 overwhelmed. Yeah, Moses, Elijah, Jesus himself. Well, I don't 202 00:14:43.759 --> 00:14:48.000 know that I would describe Jesus himself as overwhelmed, but but Jesus himself will 203 00:14:48.080 --> 00:14:52.960 points in in every one of those cases and in every case in the Bible 204 00:14:52.000 --> 00:14:58.919 where there's a leader, godd urges that leader or someone in that through God's 205 00:15:00.039 --> 00:15:05.440 inspiration, someone urges that leader to delegate and there are some things to just 206 00:15:05.639 --> 00:15:13.639 let go because they can't do it all. So, you know, find 207 00:15:13.639 --> 00:15:16.120 out what your mission is before God. He will reveal it to you. 208 00:15:16.200 --> 00:15:20.320 If you're in the word, if you're in prayer, if you're seeking godly 209 00:15:20.399 --> 00:15:28.159 people's advice and counsel, he will reveal it. Yeah, and then follow 210 00:15:28.200 --> 00:15:33.240 that with all your heart. Yeah. So, so that was the first 211 00:15:33.240 --> 00:15:35.279 thing that we had already kind of let me mentioned to along those lines. 212 00:15:35.360 --> 00:15:39.080 Delegation can can be a key. Yeah, because you can't do everything. 213 00:15:39.120 --> 00:15:43.679 And even Jesus, as you mentioned, delegated, right. Remember, he 214 00:15:43.720 --> 00:15:46.759 sends out his disciples. He can't go into every city at one time, 215 00:15:46.879 --> 00:15:52.440 so he sends them out. Yeah, and so certainly delegation is a key, 216 00:15:52.879 --> 00:15:56.960 but you can't start delegating stuff until you actually know what God has called 217 00:15:58.039 --> 00:16:03.200 you to correct. And so being in the word and and heating God's calling 218 00:16:03.360 --> 00:16:08.559 is a really critical way to figure out what is the best for you. 219 00:16:08.759 --> 00:16:11.960 Yeah, yeah, said, like you mentioned. Yeah, think other people's 220 00:16:12.000 --> 00:16:18.480 feedback is really key. That's the that's the first step. And then once 221 00:16:18.559 --> 00:16:22.039 you figure that out, I think the second thing is prioritized. Yeah, 222 00:16:22.080 --> 00:16:32.000 prioritize your time, Priori prioritize your focus, your energy and a general kind 223 00:16:32.080 --> 00:16:37.200 of priority. I don't know framework, I think for really every believer. 224 00:16:37.320 --> 00:16:41.679 Maybe you'll disagree with me, but God is at the top prioritized. Spending 225 00:16:41.720 --> 00:16:47.600 time with God, yeah, reading his word, worshiping her him, speaking 226 00:16:47.639 --> 00:16:49.799 to him, yeah, having a relationship with him. That's number one. 227 00:16:49.879 --> 00:16:57.039 Yeah, and then second is your family. Yeah, and spending making Tart, 228 00:16:57.039 --> 00:17:03.159 having targeted time when you are spending time with and meeting the needs of 229 00:17:03.639 --> 00:17:08.640 your family. And then thirdly, I think would be your calling, right, 230 00:17:08.680 --> 00:17:11.720 focusing on your calling. This is where maybe there's some disagreement. I 231 00:17:11.759 --> 00:17:18.279 thought third was focusing on your calling. And then, fourthly, restorative activities 232 00:17:18.640 --> 00:17:26.000 and time for rest whatever, giving yourself a cushion where you recharge your batteries. 233 00:17:26.079 --> 00:17:30.599 And then, if, after all of that, then you can look 234 00:17:30.640 --> 00:17:34.720 at those good things and decide do you have the time, the energy, 235 00:17:34.839 --> 00:17:40.720 the inclination, the desire to do those? Yeah, yeah, absolutely. 236 00:17:40.759 --> 00:17:44.119 I think that's a great framework. You know, I would say it says 237 00:17:44.160 --> 00:17:48.799 we're talking about good things. I mean we're talking about political things. Yeah, 238 00:17:48.960 --> 00:17:53.039 or maybe on the flip side, if God's best for you is to 239 00:17:53.039 --> 00:17:56.480 be involved in the political realm, we're talking about sidewalk ministry, then maybe 240 00:17:56.480 --> 00:18:00.680 that's one of those kind of peripheral good things. Right, you could do 241 00:18:00.960 --> 00:18:04.720 yeah, I would say you can do the good things you can go to 242 00:18:06.119 --> 00:18:10.519 political rallies, you can go out to the sidewalk if your focus is politics. 243 00:18:10.559 --> 00:18:11.640 I mean, I'm trying to think of some other examples. You know, 244 00:18:11.680 --> 00:18:15.440 if you're a missionary overseas, that's the best for you. When you're 245 00:18:15.519 --> 00:18:18.519 in town, you know, visiting family, maybe you got to the sidewalk 246 00:18:18.599 --> 00:18:22.039 or something like that. Maybe you have political Alio, I don't know. 247 00:18:22.160 --> 00:18:26.839 Yeah, but you should never do the good things at the expense of the 248 00:18:26.839 --> 00:18:30.720 best things. Right. Again, the enemy of the best is always the 249 00:18:30.759 --> 00:18:37.000 good. You can do good things, but you should never do good things 250 00:18:37.000 --> 00:18:41.240 at the expense of the best. Right. And so that priority list for 251 00:18:41.279 --> 00:18:49.119 me helps me to stay focused on am I really giving my best in the 252 00:18:49.160 --> 00:18:55.160 proper priority of what God has has called me to called me to do. 253 00:18:55.400 --> 00:18:59.720 Yeah, and and remembering that that we cannot do it all. We've already 254 00:18:59.720 --> 00:19:02.799 said that. That's another principle. Remember that. Don't be ashamed of that. 255 00:19:02.880 --> 00:19:04.319 We can't do it all. Yeah, like I think in the in 256 00:19:04.400 --> 00:19:10.519 the article I said at some point I could be involved politically. I was 257 00:19:10.599 --> 00:19:15.400 actually politically involved, much more so before I became a sidewalk counselor. But 258 00:19:15.480 --> 00:19:18.480 to do both of them, I will be basically a lousy sidewalk counselor and 259 00:19:18.519 --> 00:19:23.319 allows your political advocate, because I can't. I know my limitations. To 260 00:19:23.519 --> 00:19:30.480 part of knowing that that you can't do it all is is is to know 261 00:19:30.519 --> 00:19:34.240 what your own personal limitations are, right in terms of energy, physical time. 262 00:19:34.559 --> 00:19:37.680 Yeah, yeah, whatever. ME. Some people have a higher capacity, 263 00:19:37.799 --> 00:19:41.839 some people can spend plates in all kinds of directions and they can do 264 00:19:41.920 --> 00:19:45.519 a lot of stuff and do it all well, right, yeah, and 265 00:19:45.599 --> 00:19:49.160 some people are sort of singularly focus. Yeah, now I'm I'm learning, 266 00:19:49.160 --> 00:19:52.440 I've learned to spend some plates and that sort of thing. Yeah, but 267 00:19:52.480 --> 00:19:56.680 really my band is toward being singularly focused, like I can do one thing 268 00:19:56.680 --> 00:20:00.920 and do it well. Yeah, but by God's grace he's helped me spend 269 00:20:00.960 --> 00:20:03.839 some places and I think the season I'm in right now, I'm doing the 270 00:20:03.880 --> 00:20:07.599 best that the Lord has for me. But I do have to I do 271 00:20:07.720 --> 00:20:11.599 have to know myself and know my limitations. Like, one thing I do 272 00:20:11.640 --> 00:20:15.440 know about myself is I have to have a day to disconnect and you need 273 00:20:15.480 --> 00:20:18.400 a nap to and I need a NAP right. Yes, do have to 274 00:20:18.440 --> 00:20:22.880 take naps and a regular basis and I do need a day to disconnect, 275 00:20:22.960 --> 00:20:27.119 right. So the best for me, yes, is for me to take 276 00:20:27.160 --> 00:20:30.599 a day to disconnect. Yes, so when a good thing comes in a 277 00:20:30.640 --> 00:20:37.079 ministry opportunity or, you know, political rally or, you know, worship 278 00:20:37.200 --> 00:20:40.839 night at church or something like that, which actually that might be more of 279 00:20:40.839 --> 00:20:45.400 a refreshing time for me. But really I just need a time to disconnect, 280 00:20:45.400 --> 00:20:48.200 to be at home, to walk slowly, you know, and just 281 00:20:48.240 --> 00:20:53.960 ponder, ponder life for a day, to go and wander around the mall 282 00:20:55.160 --> 00:20:59.359 or Wal Mart or something, just disconnect from ministry. I have to have 283 00:20:59.440 --> 00:21:02.839 that. Yeah, some people can do without that, I think. Yeah, 284 00:21:02.880 --> 00:21:06.480 but not me. And so I know my limitations and I know in 285 00:21:06.519 --> 00:21:10.119 that particular situation, I know what's the best for me, right, and 286 00:21:10.200 --> 00:21:15.400 also have learned that I can't do it all. Right. And the next 287 00:21:15.400 --> 00:21:18.759 point, and this is probably the hardest point for me, yeah, don't 288 00:21:18.839 --> 00:21:23.599 feel guilty or feel the need to apologize. Yeah, you've you you know 289 00:21:23.680 --> 00:21:29.279 what you're calling is. You've prioritized your life, you know what your limits 290 00:21:29.279 --> 00:21:32.720 are, you know you can't do it all. And then when someone asks 291 00:21:32.759 --> 00:21:37.839 you to do that good thing and you know that you need to say no. 292 00:21:37.519 --> 00:21:41.680 You don't need to feel bad about it. Yeah, I do. 293 00:21:41.839 --> 00:21:45.000 I still feel bad about it every time I tell no to someone. Yeah, 294 00:21:45.359 --> 00:21:51.240 but I'm urging me and all of you listening, you should not feel 295 00:21:51.279 --> 00:21:56.440 guilt or the need to apologize for trying to be the best that God has 296 00:21:56.519 --> 00:22:00.680 called you to be and determining, like on your day of rest, for 297 00:22:00.720 --> 00:22:03.920 example, Daniel, I I imagine that there are some people that think, 298 00:22:04.039 --> 00:22:10.160 yeah, Daniel's got to go play air soft instead of instead of, I'm 299 00:22:10.279 --> 00:22:15.240 coming in and recording other podcast or whatever. Yeah, and I do think 300 00:22:15.279 --> 00:22:18.720 that we can be very hard on each other. Yeah, we can look 301 00:22:18.759 --> 00:22:23.880 at how everybody else lives their life and say that is not what they should 302 00:22:23.920 --> 00:22:30.240 be doing. Yeah, so, but we shouldn't have to apologie dice, 303 00:22:30.319 --> 00:22:33.960 we shouldn't have to explain ourselves. Yeah, and I think all of us 304 00:22:34.039 --> 00:22:41.200 need to remember to extend respect and grace to each other that are doing their 305 00:22:41.279 --> 00:22:45.480 best, as they see before God, doing their best. Yeah, and 306 00:22:45.640 --> 00:22:49.880 that that doesn't mean that, in brotherly love and Christian love, that we 307 00:22:49.920 --> 00:22:52.839 should not point out if we don't, if we really do think there's a 308 00:22:52.839 --> 00:22:59.240 problem. Yeah, and an issue. But but anyway, I think that 309 00:22:59.240 --> 00:23:02.279 that, for me, is one of the hardest parts. I do feel 310 00:23:02.319 --> 00:23:06.599 guilt, right when I say no to those good things, like I did 311 00:23:06.640 --> 00:23:11.880 that day when that political guy came and handed me all the tracks. Yeah, 312 00:23:11.920 --> 00:23:15.480 I think I did what was the right thing, but but I still 313 00:23:15.480 --> 00:23:18.960 felt bad about I felt bad about it actually, even for months. It 314 00:23:19.039 --> 00:23:22.880 happened, maybe even a year ago, right. Yeah, one thing I 315 00:23:22.880 --> 00:23:27.359 do want to point out in this same vein is the pro abortion crowd accuses 316 00:23:27.440 --> 00:23:32.720 us of being hypocrites. Yeah, if we advocate for the unborn, but 317 00:23:32.799 --> 00:23:36.720 we don't do foster care, we don't have we have an adopted ten children, 318 00:23:36.799 --> 00:23:41.480 we are not feeding the homeless and we're not working in every pregnancy resource 319 00:23:41.480 --> 00:23:44.839 center, right, you know, within a twenty mile radius. And we 320 00:23:44.880 --> 00:23:48.400 don't want to fall into that same trap. That is that is wrong, 321 00:23:48.440 --> 00:23:52.200 that is illogical, right, and we don't want to fall into that same 322 00:23:52.200 --> 00:23:56.559 trap towards each other that, unless we're doing all the pro life things, 323 00:23:56.559 --> 00:24:00.480 we're not really being, you know, doing what God has called this to 324 00:24:00.680 --> 00:24:07.079 do. Yeah, that is at an inaccurate, yeah, and impossible, 325 00:24:07.680 --> 00:24:10.720 right thing to do. Yeah, I mean the question often again, this 326 00:24:10.799 --> 00:24:14.960 is from proboard people on the sidewalk or wherever? Are you going to adopt 327 00:24:15.000 --> 00:24:17.559 any of these children? How many children have you adopted? That's always the 328 00:24:17.799 --> 00:24:22.119 how mean, how many children have you? Have you done falster care for 329 00:24:22.279 --> 00:24:26.440 right, right. Well, I understand that that's a a very that's the 330 00:24:26.480 --> 00:24:30.799 best for some people. Yeah, adoption, falster care and all that's the 331 00:24:30.839 --> 00:24:34.240 best for them, but for me I cannot do it all right, and 332 00:24:34.319 --> 00:24:37.759 I certainly couldn't do what I'm doing now and do falster care now. Maybe 333 00:24:37.759 --> 00:24:41.720 God will give me grace and open up that door and that would be the 334 00:24:41.720 --> 00:24:42.880 best for me and my family at some point, but it's not right now. 335 00:24:42.920 --> 00:24:47.480 I know my limitations and I don't feel guilty for that. I don't 336 00:24:47.519 --> 00:24:49.640 feel guilty that I'm not doing that because I know what the best for me 337 00:24:49.799 --> 00:24:53.680 is. But a lot of times that stuff is just the distraction and again 338 00:24:53.759 --> 00:24:59.599 it's just the devil trying to heap guilt on us when in reality we're doing 339 00:24:59.640 --> 00:25:03.200 what God has called us to and we're keeping our focus on him, not 340 00:25:03.319 --> 00:25:07.960 on what other people say. As far as like, we certainly want to 341 00:25:07.960 --> 00:25:11.039 input from other godly people. If you got godly people speaking in your life 342 00:25:11.039 --> 00:25:15.160 and they see a gift in you and you're not utilizing that gift, but 343 00:25:15.200 --> 00:25:17.960 you're doing some other things that are not utilizing that gift, then you need 344 00:25:18.000 --> 00:25:21.160 to take heed. But if you just got a bunch of ungodly people throwing 345 00:25:21.200 --> 00:25:26.279 accusations at your even your own conscience, sometimes right, throwing accusations against you, 346 00:25:26.279 --> 00:25:29.440 you, you know, probably just need to give it to the Lord. 347 00:25:29.680 --> 00:25:32.559 Yeah, yeah, I'll say to this kind of manifest itself. You 348 00:25:32.599 --> 00:25:37.839 mentioned before we started recording this podcast that we get emails and stuff and we 349 00:25:37.960 --> 00:25:41.880 love to hear from you guys. We love to hear, you know, 350 00:25:41.000 --> 00:25:45.440 input, feedback, questions that you have about sidewalk ministry. It's our focus. 351 00:25:45.480 --> 00:25:48.359 We love those things. But we get emails and, you know, 352 00:25:48.440 --> 00:25:52.799 calls from people want us do all kinds of things. You know, I've 353 00:25:52.799 --> 00:25:56.119 even got eat all kinds of things. I've gotten. People want me to 354 00:25:56.119 --> 00:25:57.880 read their book, they want here, you know, do this or do 355 00:25:57.960 --> 00:26:03.039 that, and I just can't. I don't have the bandwidth to do all 356 00:26:03.079 --> 00:26:07.039 of that stuff. I can't read every pro life article that's ever been written 357 00:26:07.119 --> 00:26:11.000 and give my opinion on it. No, I can't. Can't read every 358 00:26:11.119 --> 00:26:15.720 prolife book and give my opinion on it or whatever, and so I have 359 00:26:15.799 --> 00:26:21.079 to you have to call some of that stuff out because you'll wear yourself out. 360 00:26:21.240 --> 00:26:26.240 Now let's just tell you I am not obsessed with the issue of abortion. 361 00:26:26.519 --> 00:26:30.440 Okay, it does not consume my life as much as I'm involved in 362 00:26:30.480 --> 00:26:34.759 this Ministry and this is the passion of my heart. I'm obsessed with Jesus 363 00:26:34.799 --> 00:26:38.640 and the Gospel like I want him. I want to be near to him. 364 00:26:38.720 --> 00:26:44.039 So I don't spend every week an hour of my life thinking about abortion 365 00:26:44.640 --> 00:26:48.119 and reading books about abortion. I do my due diligence to be well informed 366 00:26:48.160 --> 00:26:52.079 of these things, but I want to know God more and more, and 367 00:26:52.119 --> 00:26:56.680 that translates into what I do in this ministry. So the best, best, 368 00:26:56.839 --> 00:27:00.400 best thing is to know Jesus and then find out what he's calling you 369 00:27:00.440 --> 00:27:04.119 to. That's the best thing, and walk in that calling. So I 370 00:27:04.240 --> 00:27:07.440 say that just you know. If any of you listening have sent me an 371 00:27:07.559 --> 00:27:11.720 article and I haven't responded to it or whatever, it's probably just because I 372 00:27:11.720 --> 00:27:14.839 don't have the time to read all that stuff. Right that that just happened 373 00:27:14.839 --> 00:27:18.000 to me just I think it was yesterday, maybe the day before, someone 374 00:27:18.000 --> 00:27:19.759 who I love sent me an article, and I did and said do you 375 00:27:19.759 --> 00:27:25.079 want me to continue to send these and I said no, please don't. 376 00:27:25.200 --> 00:27:29.200 It's not that I don't appreciate so much that you love these things in that 377 00:27:29.200 --> 00:27:33.480 you're thinking of me, but I just just what you said. I just 378 00:27:33.599 --> 00:27:37.559 don't have the band with yeah, to people send this stuff all the time, 379 00:27:37.000 --> 00:27:41.799 but what you were saying about God and and being immersed in in him, 380 00:27:41.839 --> 00:27:45.640 that he is our should be our top focus. That is the very 381 00:27:45.720 --> 00:27:49.920 best. Is kind of the last point that that we make in in this 382 00:27:51.039 --> 00:27:56.880 article is rejoice. Rejoice in the Lord that he has given you the privilege 383 00:27:56.920 --> 00:28:02.759 of knowing your calling and equipped you to do it and then do it to 384 00:28:02.839 --> 00:28:07.960 the best of your ability, because if you don't, then that is one 385 00:28:07.039 --> 00:28:12.240 of the pieces of his plan that is not being what he has called them 386 00:28:12.240 --> 00:28:17.079 to be and that can disrupt everything. Yeah, so you know, the 387 00:28:17.200 --> 00:28:21.000 Bible uses the analogy of the body, the body of Christ, and speaks 388 00:28:21.000 --> 00:28:25.440 about the human body. Right toe is not a finger, a finger is 389 00:28:25.440 --> 00:28:29.519 not a toe, and every part of the body has to work. It's 390 00:28:29.519 --> 00:28:33.559 complimentmentary. Yeah, but they can't know the toe can't replace the finger and 391 00:28:33.640 --> 00:28:37.240 vice versa. Right yeah, so you need to do your best. Let 392 00:28:37.279 --> 00:28:41.599 everybody else do their best. Yeah, and and hopefully the body then is, 393 00:28:42.119 --> 00:28:47.160 you know, functioning, functioning optimally. Yeah, to give glory to 394 00:28:47.160 --> 00:28:51.279 the head, to give it races Aart. Yeah, and understanding. We're 395 00:28:51.279 --> 00:28:55.920 all connected. None of those different components. We talked about the political area, 396 00:28:56.000 --> 00:28:59.000 we talked about the sidewalk area. There's a lot of other things that 397 00:28:59.039 --> 00:29:03.519 have to do with prolife, ministry and all that other stuff, and none 398 00:29:03.519 --> 00:29:07.720 of those things are bad. Right. Those things are good things and those 399 00:29:07.720 --> 00:29:11.559 things are the best things for those who are called to them. Right. 400 00:29:11.599 --> 00:29:15.079 So, about God's grace, will stay focused on the best things for us, 401 00:29:15.160 --> 00:29:21.119 will not let the good choke out the best, will not do the 402 00:29:21.119 --> 00:29:23.799 good things at the expense of the best, and we'll keep our eyes fixed 403 00:29:23.839 --> 00:29:27.079 on Jesus. Amen. Man, Amen. All right, guys, we 404 00:29:27.119 --> 00:29:30.920 appreciate you joining us for this podcast episode. We'd appreciate if you guys would 405 00:29:30.920 --> 00:29:34.119 share this episode with others that you think it would be a blessing to. 406 00:29:34.519 --> 00:29:37.640 You can reach out to me, Daniel at Love Life Dot Org. You 407 00:29:37.680 --> 00:29:41.119 can reach her, Vicki, with a why at Love Life Dot Org. 408 00:29:41.160 --> 00:29:45.319 Give us some feedback about this podcast or other episodes. Maybe some ideas of 409 00:29:45.319 --> 00:29:51.400 other episodes that we could do and leave us review. 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