Not every good thing is a God thingThere are many, many good things we could do. So many, in fact, that it can actually cause a problem in one of two ways.

One is that we could overcommit and not do anything well. The other is that sometimes when we are faced with too many options, we paradoxically choose to do none of them. All of these great opportunities are so overwhelming that they can paralyze us.

We have to be discerning. Just because something is good doesn’t necessarily mean God wants us to do it. As Voltaire once said, “The enemy of the best is the good.” The real question is, “What has God called us to?” Just because something is good and it’s an option doesn’t mean that we need to say yes to it. Not even Jesus did everything: “I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do” John 17:4.

“Success,” according to my very wise father, “is finding out what God wants you to do and doing it.”