Five Finger Plate

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” Philippians 3:12 (NIV)

So, how much is God calling us to do?  I can’t remember where I first of heard of this method, but I want to share it with you:  The five-finger plate is a good example of our calling. Your hand is your plate. Each finger is one thing God has called you to do. When the fingers are used up, your plate is full and you should say NO to any new tasks, or give up something. For example, on my plate I have (1) being wife, (2) being mom to our children, (3) homeschooling, (4) writing My Tea Cupp Prayers, and (5) leading my scrapbook circle Bible study.

If one of these “fingers” doesn’t require too much time, if frees us up to be available for the  little extra things God calls us to do each day, like taking a meal to a sick person, praying with a hurting friends, and sending cards to encourage others.  My friend Marie doesn’t like to plan too much in her schedule, so she can be ready for whatever God needs her for that day.  Marie mentioned to me that some people’s schedules are so full, even the margins (like a piece of paper) are booked, that they don’t have time to reach out to others when God calls them.  If you have a schedule like that, I encourage you to pray and ask God what you can cut out, so you have time for the little extra duties God might have planned for you.

If you are wondering if God could be calling you to do something, search His Word and pray.  Underline and pray the verses God shows you.  Pray that He will give you the strength to obey and follow His call.  Pray that He will bless your efforts. Keep walking in His ways and pressing on!

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