Worldly busy-ness does not accomplish eternal business.
Last week I went to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Columbus, OH. It was a time of encouragement as my husband and I were able to connect with others in the ministry and be reminded of the rewarding aspects of our calling.
At the conference I went to several events that were hosted specifically for minister’s wives. It seemed that, for me, there was a theme that continued to speak to my heart.
I am a “yes” kind of a person. I don’t like having to say “no,” especially to things that are good. But I’m learning that sometimes my best “yes” is “no” (see Lysa Terkeurst’s book).
My sinful self is driven by to-dos and a color coded Emily Ley planner. I love productivity and I’m always trying to figure out the most efficient and effective way to fit more into 24 hours. While most of my activities are good activities, time is never on my side. I have a habit of judging my success on earthly accomplishments instead of God’s standard.
Angie Smith spoke at one of the luncheons I went to. I loved her witty, yet transparent presence. Come to find out, she too struggles with looking side to side instead of focusing on Christ and Christ alone at times.
We get so caught up in the worldly race that we end up running in circles. Imagine if we just focused on the finish line ahead. We worry more about what others think of us, the ever-growing inbox and the house that never seems clean enough instead of focusing on the person God wants us to be and the activities He wants to be scribbled in our planner.
I’m not arguing that God doesn’t want us to work hard. In fact, God despises laziness.
“Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.” Proverbs 20:13 (ESV)
“The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.” Proverbs 20:4 (KJV)
What I am saying, is that I want to use my time and work ethic for the things that He wants me to do, for the things that will make the biggest impact for the Kingdom and for the things that will allow God to smile upon me when He looks down from heaven.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” Colossians 3:23 (ESV)
I’ve taken a hard look at my planner the last few weeks and I’m praying through what things should stay and what things should go.
As Angie said, “People will learn more from your obedient absence than they will ever learn from your disobedient presence.”
When I feel like a failure because I can’t do everything and be everywhere, I need to remember that God doesn’t expect me to be superwoman. He knows I’m not God. Instead of focusing on being the best Christian to the world, I want to focus on being the most like Christ.
God hasn’t asked me to do it all. He’s asked that all that I do be done for Him.