My Default Is Flawed

One of the things that became clear during my time at The Blessing Ranch is that my default (the way I tend to operate) when things get hectic is to “work harder” not “depend more”.  Hard work is a good quality and desperately needed in our culture, but it can never take the place of dependency upon God.  One of the key phrases Dr. John Walker had me focus on was from June 24th of Jesus Calling (a great book by the way) is:  “In the world, dependency is seen as immaturity.  But in My Kingdom, dependence on Me is a prime measure of maturity.”  I’ve taught this kind of truth for years.  I love John 15, but realize my default is not always to “abide” or be “dependent” and when this happens it’s evident.  I exhibit a lack of grace, and increased levels of worry/anxiety.  One of my big take-aways is to get alone in quiet places and maintain my spiritual disciplines, but make sure a portion of that time is intentional in being quiet before God and listening wholeheartedly; like I wrote a few days ago to “step out of the traffic and take a long loving look at God” from Ps. 46:10 (Msg).

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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One Response to My Default Is Flawed

  1. Amber Morrow says:

    It takes a wise person to know you must lean on God always, but it takes an equally strong person to put it to practice. I felt the need to share something that would encourage you and thought of this I was taught once by a pastor. 85% of what you do can be done by someone else, 10% of what you do can be taught to someone else to do, but 5% of what you do, only you can do. Focus on the 5%. We all love you Pastor BJ and are so glad you are taking this time to rest and grow in the Lord.

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