Psalm 32:8 (NIV) 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
Do you sometimes feel empty and like you aren’t doing enough? Maybe you feel you are doing too much but not enough of what is important…meaningful…lasting. It’s an empty feeling.
My husband often says that a one-word description of the Bible is…relationship. Simply put, the Bible shows us the way to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and teaches us how to have solid and meaningful relationships with others.
So then, we can rest in the fact that we are doing enough if we are doing what we can to strengthen both our relationship with God and our relationship with those in our sphere.
Since I am about to read Lois Tverberg’s book, Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, I logged on to this accomplished author’s blog to learn a little about her. I clicked the “about” tab where she said: “I currently live in Holland, Michigan. When I’m not at home writing, or out having coffee with a friend, I’m often visiting family, doing my best to be a loving daughter, sister and aunt.” It struck me that everything in this author’s short description of herself is about relationship.
Is that the way you think of yourself? When you begin to feel you are doing too much or not doing enough of the things that count, remember that the Book of Books, our Handbook for what counts…is all about relationships.
When you look at your schedule and feel empty or too stretched…analyze it in the light of your relationships. Where are you encouraging and therefore receiving encouragement? Perhaps reevaluate your schedule and your relationships during your quiet time until you feel God is telling you the balance is good! Then…check with Him…watch for needed adjustments throughout your day.
It’s actually very simple. Invite Him into the planning process each time you decide whether to take something on. Very important is to check your motivation for taking something on. The reason we begin feeling empty or crowded is because, in the moment, we forget to consult our Life Coach as we make plans. Planning is something that is more of a knee-jerk reaction for most of us. It is just part of life, for heaven’s sake! Yes…it is part of life and yes… it is for heaven’s sake.
Scheduling is the way we set in place the puzzle pieces of our swiftly passing days. Those puzzle pieces become a picture of our swiftly passing life. Is it satisfying to see it coming together? Will it be beautiful to look at when the last piece is in place? Will it be beautifully remembered by those whose lives we influence?
God and I are talking this over this morning. Though I don’t always get it right…I find it works so much better when I talk to Him about it every morning and then pay attention as I move through my day.
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