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“The Lord protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.”

– Psalms 41:2

As I emphasized yesterday, it is not a matter of whether or not you serve, but rather about how others perceive your service. Each of us by God’s design, has a unique thumbprint, a different string of DNA that makes us who we are. You will be able to uncover the needs of each individual with God’s help so that your impact can be exponential. I will be examining today the third area of four regarding the success of your service: You have full permission to establish healthy boundaries! 

The truth is that there are people in your life, church, or community who are doing more than they should be doing. Even as they are simply serving, serving, serving; they are being walked over by everyone around them. The only thing I can say about these people is that I absolutely love them. But as a pastor I must tell you that your capacity is limited. There’s a limit to what you can do. There are some people in life, I am certain you know at least one or two of them, that I refer to as black holes. I am sure you are familiar with the concept of a black hole in physics. It’s a gigantic sun-shaped black hole in space that has immense gravity.  It sucks light and time from the universe as it devours the energy it contains. 

Friend, like a black hole, there are people in this world who, no matter how much you serve them, will siphon out your life and time. If you give in to those people, you won’t have the time and energy to serve the other people who need you the most. Make good decisions based on God’s wisdom and don’t be afraid to set healthy boundaries.

Prayer


Father, assist me in establishing healthy boundaries in my area of service.

Reflection


Can you disconnect from people who drain your energy?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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4 Responses

  1. I always appreciate reading what you send me. It encourages me in many areas of my life. Went thru a big drought in my life and recovering
    is sometimes difficult. I am forcing myself to get up dust myself off and move forward and focus on Jesus. Thru this drought season of life
    all thoughts of defeat come rushing in and it is like wisha coulda shoulda or woulda it just toyed with my mind that I was not good enough.
    I began reading the bible from the beginning again, like doing my first works over and I am determined to move forward in grace.
    So thankyou so much

  2. Well said Bobby and I agree with what you say about people being like black holes, also companies I have worked for have taken advantage of my services, by trying to push me out the door. While I gave them my all, they took it for granted and not having to give anything back! However, God new all along what they were planning, so a union was going to come in and change everything, but the company told us if that happens it would divide us? That was the truth they used to keep the union out. So without the union to protect those that had put in their time, they started cutting my pay checks to save money and hiring others to do my jobs, in hoping I would quit? But God kept me going back to work the next day to see that the only jobs left, were the ones I was always doing? Everything else had slowed down? Still nothing was changing, owners of the company which were all family, started one by one passing away? Now the company belongs to the spouse married to the late president of the the company, which is not part of the family, and my hours started picking up. Just like Psalms 41:2 “The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.” from the King James version of the Holy Bible. Thanks be to God. Amen.

  3. What if the black holes are your wife and girlfriend and refuse to be truthful about what they do behind your back, it’s emotional abuse

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