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Because I CAN!!!

Lately I've seen a lot of people posting statuses and blogs that say, "Why do I do this?  Because I CAN!". Usually this is after sharing that they've done something like climb a mountain or do a triathlon or something like that.  

I started thinking about this phrase, "because I can" and the thought came to me that just because I CAN do something doesn't mean I SHOULD do something.

For instance... I've been asked to take leadership positions I COULD handle, but turned them down.

I've been asked to serve on several boards or teams beyond the ones I'm currently on, but said no.

I've had people invite me to join them in training for marathons and the like.  As of yet I haven't taken them up on it.

Factors for me...

Is it wise?

Has God specifically called me to do this particular thing?

Will it affect my relationship with God or His call on my life?

Will it affect my husband/children in a negative manner?  

Is there eternal value in it?

Will it take my focus on things that matter more?

Is it a God-thing or just a good thing?

Am I doing it just to boast that I can, or is this something that is really a God-ordained purpose for me?

I honestly CAN do a lot of things.  Whether I should is another story.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Thank you Deanna for the time and effort that you put forth in your blogs and emails! They have always come at just the right time and have been an encouragement to my heart! Even though we have really just met each other You have blessed me over and over again!
Thank you for your transparency and sharing your struggles and victories! From one Pastor's Wife to another I appreciate you and all you do!!
Blessings to you my friend!
Shari
Thank you, Shari! I'm so honored that you're reading and that you've commented. Blessings

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