8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
How do you decide where to commit your time? What does your time “say” are your priorities?
Are you busy? Do your days leave you exhausted and stressed, feeling like you never have enough time?
God has been calling me to simplify. It has not been easy- but I want to share some of the things I have learned in hopes of encouraging you to let go of all those “balls you are juggling”- and seek simplicity.
The biggest thing that I have learned is that just because something is “good” or could be “beneficial” does not mean we should be doing it.
That includes being involved in your church. My hubby and I have learned this the hard way- by being over committed at church and finding ourselves getting burned out and not being able to do anything with excellence.
Our strength comes from God. Discernment comes from God. We need to be connected to Him to know what He is calling us to do. It is not about whether or not it is a “good cause.” There are so many things to which we can give our time and it can bring honor and praise to God.
In some seasons, God calls us to slow down, to change our priorities. The question is: What is God calling you to do during this season?
When our kids are young, we may not be able to be as involved because our priorities need to be more focused in our household. We may need to step back, take a break from being on a committee or organizing certain events.
This can be hard to do. When people “expect” us to do things- we feel pressure because we want to “please people.”
It is hard for me sometimes, being an at home Mom- I want that recognition- people seeing me and saying- Wow, you do such a great job with ________. It strokes my ego, and that has motivated me in the past.
For me, this season has involved saying no to a lot of “good things”. I am passionate about helping women in crisis. Someone from our church sent me a message asking me if I would be involved with the crisis pregnancy center and she mentioned that the pastor had recommended she contact me.
Part of me wanted to jump at the chance. I have my counseling degree- I want to be using it. I want to pour my life out and love on those women so badly- but I prayed about it and was certain God was telling me- not now. Wait.
Are we willing to be obedient to God’s voice? Maybe He is calling you to be involved with a ministry and to give up some other things that you are doing with your time. Are you willing to give up the “good” things for something “better” that God has for you?
God has really been challenging me to pray about everything. It may be “good” but is it the best?
Are we willing to fight the pace of our society and say no to the “rat race?” To try to slow down, to take time to consider things- if you are unsure- why not say no, instead of yes? Err on the side of simplicity?
If you are like me, I used to say yes to so many things simply because it feels good to be that person that people can count on to say yes, to always be volunteering and on the go. But at what cost?
Colossians 3:23- Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man.
I find myself praying about being intentional with the time I have. My children are young for such a short time- there is so much to teach them- to prepare them with a solid foundation in Christ.
It comes down to priorities. If we are too busy- we don’t even have time to consciously take inventory and think about what we are teaching our children- I think that’s a problem.
When we just go along, let ourselves be pulled along by the current of expectations without stepping out of the flow and saying, “God, where do you want me?” “What would you have me do,” we may end up living our lives set by other people’s priorities- missing out on the blessing of serving Lord in the unique way that He has made us to contribute to the body of Christ and give glory to His Name.
Lord, we open our lives before you. Take over our days- give us a heart for your priorities, not our own. Help us to see where the desire to please people or “self” has become more important than bringing honor and glory to You. May we serve obediently where you call us. Knowing that you give us the strength to serve with joy and fervor- working for you- with eternal purpose- not for man. Thank you Lord for the grace that you have poured into our lives- for the chance to be used by you to serve others. May our lives be a testimony that our faith and trust is in You. In Jesus Holy and Precious Name, Amen.