9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
I am not a patient person. I don’t like waiting, I like to be efficient with my time- I thrive on multi-tasking and getting things done. So, at times, my children (and other people) feel like a road block to my to-do list.
I can remember times when I have had tunnel vision, only seeing what I want to do and what is on my radar and regarding any interruptions as unwelcome and to be avoided at all costs.
God has really been convicting me and reminding me over these past several months- “love must be sincere, be devoted to one another in love.”
Some days I feel like God is simply asking- Are you willing to put your priorities aside for what I am calling you to do today?
I say- I’ll do it later-or as my daughter says, “Maybe next time…”- but sometimes later never comes.
What does that say to my child about my priorities? If I put tasks or my to-do list in front of serving and loving those around me- including my children.
Do I love them sacrificially? Am I willing to let go of my “I wants” be actively present and available to my children?
I am not saying that every time you must give up your to-do list and spend time with your child or immediately rush to help someone in need- but we need to be open to what God is calling us to do- to not be so focused on what we want to get accomplished that we don’t leave room for the spontaneous.
Can you remember a time when someone has really been there for you- gone out of their way to support and love you-even if it was an inconvenience to them? How did that make you feel?
Consider, we have the opportunity to be that person to others, and most of the time it requires sacrifice on our part. Are we willing to go the extra mile?
This has been challenging me to slow down. When I keep myself too busy- sometimes I lose God in my day.
I believe we can discipline our thoughts to always keep Him close- and through that closeness He will convict and guide us to right thinking, motivations, right actions- and by “right” I mean in line with His Word and His Will.
And that requires that we step back and take inventory of what we are doing each day– how we are doing it- why we are doing it- think about the eternal importance- remembering the fleeting nature of this life.
Back to our children- will we regret- looking back- the time we spent with them? When they are grown and more independent- making their own choices- will we wish that we had more time to teach them? Will we look back and regret pushing them to the side for our own priorities?
This is something I have to ask myself often- because I am naturally selfish- and my sinful nature thinks- me first, you later.
I need God to transform my thinking- to renew my mind day by day- so that I make the most of every opportunity with my children. To teach them what is truly important- and for them to see faith evident in my life.
Faith is the gaze of the soul upon a saving God. A.W. Tozer The Pursuit of God
When we have our eyes fixed on God- He realigns our schedule. Oh the blessings of submitting ourselves to Him!
To be used to bring glory to Him and to bless others- what an awesome gift! How many times have we heard or experienced ourselves how much we are blessed in our acts of service abundantly more than even those we are serving?
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-15
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
I pray that we will be open to God’s interruptions-and to say yes with joy when we have an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ.
May God give us eager hands to serve.