Do you put your heartaches in the same category as your blessings?

God is so good to me. I love watching how He shows up in my life. Even when I resist Him and fail to do what He puts on my heart, my God is loving and patient with me. God doesn’t want us to serve Him out of obligation. He wants us to desire to know more about Him in the depths of our souls and to look forward to quiet moments with Him and the opportunity to serve Him. God wants us to desire to do His work.

And I do.

The gift of doing the Lord’s work is priceless. It feeds my soul. When I can put everything else aside and serve with love and gratitude, God will use me to help others. Serving the Lord isn’t always about doing grand things. Sometimes, it is about doing the little things with God’s love.

Anytime we can do something kind for someone else, we are given the gift of service. When I wash my family’s clothes, cook meals, clean our home, write them sweet notes, etc. I am serving my family. Regardless of how I feel about the tasks, they must be done. Therefore, I get to decide how I want to do things. I can complain about it all or be grateful and do it all with love. When I decide to be grateful, I enjoy doing everything.

The enemy wants us to complain about everything. He wants us to take our blessings and put them in the same category as our heartaches. Satan wants us to live selfishly and only think about ourselves. When I live my life for myself only, I feel an emptiness inside of me. It feels like something is missing in my life, and I search for things to make me happy. But when I am aligned with God, serving from my heart, then I feel as if I am living inspired.

In the inspired state, I don’t need more food or things to make me happy. It bubbles up inside of me and spills over onto everyone I meet. It is a gift that can’t be bought or found in things. Living inspired comes only from serving others and our Lord wholeheartedly.

Colossians 3:17 (KJV)

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

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