Clinging to God: What To Do with Too Many Opportunities

The ACFW conference fog is slowly lifting.  It’s always such a blast, but so much information to absorb. Over the next several weeks I plan to share the highlights of this year’s conference in Dallas. Today is only the beginning.

One thing I heard from Karen Ball in her class Writing that Sings really stuck with me. We can only do what God has tasked us to do, to the best of our abilities. This hit home because I’m the girl who always wants to help out. I end up taking on too much, and getting seriously overwhelmed. So this piece of advice is something I can use.

The key for me is to bring the opportunities before God, and cling to what he wants. In my own wisdom, I can weigh my next project or the task someone asks me to do with what I actually have time for. But I’ve been doing that, and it hasn’t worked for me.

What if there’s someone else God wants to use to lead that Bible study? Maybe it would be a blessing to them, instead of a burden to me. When Karen said that, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. I can let something go, if that’s what God wants. Without worrying about what everyone else thinks.

In this humanistic society, it’s so easy to worry about what people will think or others’ expectations. Our whole society is built around what other people want. Celebrities, your boss, your family. But no matter what, God is in control. Even when I wrestle Him for control. I know He has a call for each of our lives, and He will see it through. That promise is all we have to cling to for now.

So I pray God reminds us of His promise for us, so we can cling to it tighter than ever.



  1. Oh my good grief! How did we miss each other in Dallas??? I was in Karen’s class too! I’m kicking myself we didn’t get to meet in person. 😦 Those words spoke to me as well. You’ll have to email me and tell me how everything went for you!


  2. I know I’m adding my thoughts a bit on the late side, but you know, it’s interesting to see where God leads me when He leads me: so today, I thank you for the reminder via Karen Ball that we can only do what we can do to the best of our abilities and He will take care of the rest.

    Funny too because I was in Karen’s workshop but because of my appointments had to leave early and never made it back on time, so this is perfect!


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