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Sittin' Shoes, by Kimberly Trask

These are some of my favorite shoes, but they're "sittin' shoes."

I get lots of complements when I wear them, but I basically only wear them when I will be sitting a lot. They look good, but they are not very comfortable. I can wear them to walk around, but my feet hurt before too long. Just because I can doesn't mean I should.

I like to do things for people. Give things, make things, help with things. I commit myself to many projects. Sometimes too many. Just because I can doesn't mean I should.

I love my job. I love my kids (students). I have a tendency to want to "mother" them, take on their problems, fix their hurts, "bandage" their wounds. Just because I can doesn't mean I should.

God calls us to a ministry He has designed us for. He gives us skills and talents, interests and concerns, that can be used for other ministries. Good ministries. Worthwhile ministries. But not necessarily what He has called us to. Just because we can doesn't mean we should.

Jesus told His disciples about a man who entrusted his servants with his property to manage while he was on a trip (Matthew 25:14-30). Each servant received a different amount, "each according to his ability." Two of the servants were good stewards of the property with which they were entrusted.

That is what God wants of each of us: for us to be good stewards of what He has given us. Not just physical blessings, not just our money or property, but our time, our talents, our skills, our interests. When we try to do everything we can think of that is worth doing, we are not necessarily being good stewards of what God has entrusted to us. He desires we use what He has given us "each according to [our] ability," to fulfill the mission/ministry for which He calls us. When we burn the candle at both ends (like I often do), we misuse the resources He has given us, even though what we are doing may be very good.

Just because we can doesn't mean we should.

Maybe God will remind me of that each time I wear my "sittin' shoes."

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