Is the pace at which I am doing God’s work destroying God’s work in me? Bill Hybels
There are days where I feel like I can’t catch my breath. One thing after another gets crossed off my to-do list, until I collapse on the sofa at the end of the night and wonder where my day, and my inner peace went.
Many of the things I did were good things. But I am awakening to realize that not all of them needed to be done by ME.
I have a loving husband and two adult children, with a cute cat and a pygmy hedgehog living with me in our cozy nest. This year, with three of us working and one in school full time, I have had to pull back on doing all the cooking, and use the crackpot more and assign nights to cook based on who is home first. The cleaning jobs are fairly equally divided too. Not everyone is as tidy as the others, but working as a team leaves more time for family fun this way, with no one person carrying the weight alone.
All I do at home, my job or church may be His work.
But if I lose sight of how and what He is wanting me to do when and set my own pace, I can bring it all down through my attempt to do it all, in my own strength.
What we do on our own can be good, but what we are able to do with God can be great!!!
I have a few gifts and talents which God has given me (mostly around communication & community). I am becoming increasingly aware of the fact that not all I do is meant for me to be doing.
Which means that the pace I am trying to maintain is a waste if I am not achieving His best for me at the end of the day.
Instead of trying to organize myself into obedience, I am taking a different tact this year….
I am pursuing God as my main priority.
There will always be jobs to be done, for we will always have work of one kind or another until we get to heaven.
If pursuing Him first causes me to allow him more fully to work through me, I need to lay myself down each day, and let Him set my pace.
Pausing to make sure I am running in pace with Jesus and all He has for me to do and become is more important to my well being.
Ultimately God is to be my pace setter.
My part is to give Him the space he needs within me to see the mext step ahead, as He equips me to meet each task to the best of my ability in Him.
I refuse to not answer the call He is stirring up deep within because I am keeping a frenzied pace without His purposes for me in mind.
I have no more space for the kind of waste in my life, Beloved.
Join me as we slow down before His throne, settle in at His feet, and ask Him to open our eyes to the things which matter most to Him, while He leads us to the peace within as He reminds us who we truly are, and what it is he has for us to do today.
May the #wonder of living life at His pace overtake all of our busyness as we seek him first!