Friday, March 15, 2013
Did you ever hear the saying that at 20, your life goes about 20 miles an hour, at 30 it goes about 30 miles an hour, at 40 it goes 40, and so on? That would mean I'm moving along at 49 miles per hour now. That's pretty fast.
Since life is going so fast, I want to make sure I am living my days out for Christ, and not for myself. This is tough to do in this culture. I want to do so many things that would bring ME happiness, fame, fortune and the admiration from others.
But what about doing things that bring the glory to God instead? Hmmm, I want to do that. But I get so distracted.
I get distracted by all my big sewing ideas that I think will bring in oodles of money. I get distracted reading all the wonderful blogs and wishing I could write as well or have as many followers. I get distracted by all the different ministries out there and thinking I'd love to participate in each one, only to be overwhelmed and do nothing. I get distracted trying to figure out what kind of job I should look for. I can hardly hear the Holy Spirit tell me anything.
This past month I felt led to let go of these distractions that I think are going to bring me this happiness, fame and fortune. I am slowing down and just listening for the Holy Spirit. Fifteen days into doing nothing other than what's necessary, and I am just beginning to hear bits and pieces.
Today I read Ephesians 2:10 in my Living Bible. "It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives helping others."
I think I knew this all along. But I love the reminder. Also, I have noticed that since I have given up these distractions, I have more patience and time for my kids. I am happier. And for that I give all glory to God.