Have you ever tried to take on something God never meant for you? I know I have. In the back of your mind, you know it’s not your task, burden, weight to bear, but you pick it up anyways and then fail under its heaviness.

Taking on something that does not belong to you drains you mentally, physically, and emotionally. It can put you in a deep depression and even allow an opening for the enemy to slither in and poison your life. That’s why it’s so important to pray over matters before you take them on.

I’m usually a very thorough researcher when it comes to planning my life and decisions I make, but I have made snap choices before and then regretted it almost instantly. I’d picked up something that wasn’t mine to haul, and it hurt. For example: I once tried my hand at blogging sermons to reach the masses. I read the Bible daily and dedicate time for devotion and prayer. I’m a teacher with a degree, so this couldn’t be that hard…right?

Boy was I wrong. I may understand the Bible and be able to explain parts of it to others, but by no means am I a preacher or teacher of the Bible. I had nothing but trouble from the start. I couldn’t think of anything good to write about, and when I studied the Bible, it was like all my understanding flew out the window. This was not my calling. Just because a friend of mine excelled at it didn’t mean I would.

That’s when I looked for a biblical answer to my situation. Why had I failed? James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Had I sought God’s guidance before taking this on? No. After taking a moment to pray, I realized that I love to write stories. I could still be a part of the gospel by writing fiction and using that as my way to help the masses see God’s love. I may not be a sermon writer, but I can use the Bible to tell stories.

Once I let go of what was not mine, I felt lighter and not so down on myself for failing. It’s been a long road to get me to where I am now, but I’m glad I learned from my mistake and moved past it.

Maybe you’re struggling with a decision right now. Have you taken on a task that was not meant for you? If you have, drop it and seek God’s guidance.


Janie Winsell

Janie Winsell

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”