I woke up this morning asking myself the very same question. I kept asking myself, what is holding you back Lourdes?
I have set a schedule for the nth time on how I can manage my time working from home and its just not happening as I would plan it. I keep on resetting and rearranging my schedule and whenever I am reminded on my daily calendar, I just plainly ignore it and keep doing what is not in my schedule. The question is always this: what is holding me back from following my schedule?
I have always loved reading books and I have downloaded so many ebooks to read. I have been a hunter for books on sale so I can buy as many as I can but guess what? With so many books to read and a time I have allocated for reading, I haven’t found that push to finish reading most of the books in my physical and virtual library. Again, I wonder what’s holding me back to read books when I have always loved it?
I love doing business, marketing and I love sales. I am in the network marketing industry and I am in the market place. I know in my heart God put me in the market place for a purpose and He has given me a passion to love and understand what network marketing is all about but there are times when I keep doubting and complaining about its culture and the people within the industry. All the more that God reminds me why He placed me in this industry but the question again is: what is holding me back from doing my purpose in the market place?
I am a wife and a mother of three kids. I want to be the best servant to my husband and my kids and give them all the love that I could give them coming from the overflowing love that God has poured out on me through Jesus Christ but there are times when I am just so selfish and lazy of serving them. I know that being a wife and a mother is a lifetime commitment to serve and love my husband and my kids unconditionally but sometimes I can’t avoid the question: what is holding me back to fully commit myself into serving and loving them unconditionally?
I have been asking these question for so many times and if anyone of you right there has ever asked this question a few many times as well, I would like you to know that you are not alone.
I myself struggle with the same questions a few many times in my everyday life. When I want to do things that I want to do and I don’t do it then I do the things that I hate to do, I believe that it is because of my sinful nature.
As Paul described it in Romans 7:14-25:
14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[d] I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power[e]within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
Aren’t we like this sometimes? We know what we want to do and what we are suppose to do but there is always something in our mind that holds us back to do it.
Just like my laziness to serve and love my family unconditionally, it is a command of God that I must obey and do it but the sin of being lazy that is being controlled by my mind holds me back to do my role as a wife and a mother.
Not doing what God has called me to do to fulfil His purpose in my life is a struggle of disobedience on my part for I know what He has called me to do and yet I let my mind be consumed with fear, worries and anxiety of not being successful in carrying out my God-given purpose when this is not about me but all about Him actually.
But I take refuge in this promise, 1 John 4:4 says that “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
We are God’s children and He is greater than anything that is holding us back from doing what He has created us to be.
Go out my friend and embraced the freedom of knowing that you possess the power of God in you to do the things that He has given you to do for His purpose and glory!
To God Be All The Glory!
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