“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity. . . Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)
“I’m so wore out and exhausted. I don’t know what my problem is.” Finally, one friend asked me, “Bridget, are you spending time with God every day?” I told him I was too busy. The interesting thing is – I was a missionary at the time!
As Christians we can easily fall prey to the always-saying-yes syndrome. We strive to show God’s love to others, and as a result we say yes to too many requests. We fill up our schedules so tightly that our hearts become full of stress instead of overflowing in hope. You’d think being chronically ill would keep me from filling up my day so completely, but I find it has just the opposite affect – I want to prove I can still serve God, so I do as much as I possibly can (not smart)!
When Jesus was on earth, he knew his mission and he consulted God often about His will. He knew how long to stay in one place and he knew which people to minster to before moving on. He always took time to be alone and to commune with the Father. If Jesus needed that quiet-time with God, then I most certainly need that quality time with the Father!
I’m ashamed to say that even now I continue to pile too much into my life. I end up pushing my God-assignments aside for other tasks (not-to-mention my exhausted state). However good those things may be, they aren’t the assignment God has for me.
To truly focus our energy on God, it takes effort. But, for all the love God has shown us, isn’t it time we give back to Him? Are your hands so full that you can’t hold onto the Almighty? Prayerfully consider what God’s mission is for your life and focus on those areas.
Prayer: Dear Father, I’ve been so busy doing good work that I might have missed the God-things you put in front of me. Please lead me in the way You want me to go. Amen.
About the Author:
Bridget Gazlay resides in the beautiful West Michigan. She struggles with Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis, IBS, arthritis and migraines. She works full time but writes and designs fabric cards on the side. Bridget’s prayer is for readers who come across her writing or fabric cards to see that she allows, “God’s creation to be my inspiration.” You can reach Bridget at: email@example.com or www.pfccreations.com.
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