What a week. I got back in town on Thursday and hit the ground running back to work. With so much happening on the East coast and in Arkansas I haven’t had time to sit down and write. It’s Saturday morning at 10:10A and I’m ready to get back to my 2017 goal of publishing daily. Stick with me because I’ve got a few scattered thoughts before I get into what is on my heart today.

My first thought – Have you ever noticed that when away from the office everyone automatically thinks you’re on vacation? Let me put those rumors to rest and say that couldn’t be further from the truth. Now, what everyone sees on social media is the fun, high points of travel, but it isn’t always “fun.” 12-16 hour days are a lot when away from home.

My second thought – Coffee isn’t always the answer. Just plain and simple. I didn’t add this to my goals for 2017, but I think I’m going to cut back. It dehydrates, and for me personally, I drink 4-6 cups a day. I’m not sure that’s healthy. Can someone give me insight on this?!

Anyways, moving on to today’s topic…Obedience. The past few weeks I’ve really been looking at what it means to be obedient to myself and what I’ve been given. I’ve gone my entire life making choices to please others and ultimately sacrificing myself. Sacrificing opportunities, sacrificing relationships, sacrificing career moves even, all because I thought I needed to take the heat for myself and others. Sacrificing is in short an act of surrender. It’s an act of saying, “I give whatever I’m holding to someone else.” Usually, a sacrifice results in death.

Let’s bring this home a little. At points in my life, I’ve sacrificed a career move for something more stable or sacrificed a relationship for something a bit more comfortable. Sacrifice, at times, seems right. It seems like the right option, it seems as though we should reward ourselves for sacrificing something we want for something we know we need to do. However, I’m not sure this is the right way to look at it. We are never short on opportunity. Regardless of who you are, where you came from, we are never short on opportunity as individuals. Sometimes we sacrifice opportunities for others, but what about if we just obeyed and let God lead? If we look at the story of Samuel in the old testament, he gives us some very insightful information about sacrifice vs. obedience.

“Samuel replied, “Has the Lord as much pleasure in your burnt offerings and sacrifices as in your obedience? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. He is much more interested in your listening to him than in your offering the fat of rams to him.” – 1 Samuel 15:22

If that’s not spelled out, I don’t know how else to make my point. God simply wants us to act in obedience with what He’s put in front of us. Stop sacrificing things that don’t need to be sacrificed. Simply move forward with what He’s put in front of you. For me this brought freedom. It brought a sense of peace knowing that my simple step in the direction of His obedience puts me at the center of His will and purpose for my life.

Whether it’s a career move, a relationship, a family issue, just obey. Do it. Don’t think. Simply move forward in the direction God has laid out. It’s much better than sacrificing that opportunity for something a lot less fulfilling.

Enough of the heavy stuff. Here’s so photos of me in the snow! Thank you, Brian J Green!