The Busy Trap

9:32 AMHeather

Wow.  It wasn't until I logged on this morning that I realized just how long it has been since I last "spoke" with y'all.  It's not that I don't love you, my bloggy friends.  It's just this crazy task list I've been tackling.  Oh, how I could drone on with the excuses on just how incredibly busy this month has been.  But, yeah, my Bible study yesterday pretty much put a kabosh on any validity to the endless excuses.  Just check out this quote that opened the chapter I was reading in my Lies Women Believe book (sidenote: yes, I am still working to finish that!).

"In spite of countless time-saving devices and conveniences, most modern women (including Christian women) are living breathless, harried, frazzled lives and are believing that there just aren't enough hours in the day."         
                                      Nancy Leigh DeMoss

In case you missed the context here, Nancy puts this believe firmly under the category--LIES women believe.  Ouch!  But it seems so true in my own life.  I seriously created a spreadsheet a few days ago to help me organize the jumbled mess of tasks and deadlines floating through my head.  And, I don't mean from work--I am a SAHM, for pete's sake.  I mean for the next blessed few weeks of the Christmas season.  Christmas cards, shopping, gifts to mail, gifts to deliver, appointments, parties, blah, blah, blah.  It makes me think of something I read years ago in a fabulous must-read--Breath by Keri Wyatt Kent.  She talked about our need to establish wider margins because we live in a culture where we try to keep up with the Joneses--including our busy appointment calendars which give us a sense of importance.

I know, I know.  I've blogged about this sorta thing several times.  God even drove the point home to me through reading Keri's book several years ago, challenging me to give up my business, back out of commitments and go through a season of "no" as my friend Tara called it.  I'd be asked to help or volunteer with something, and I would call Tara, who was holding me accountable.  I wouldn't even finish the sentence, and she'd say, "NO!  It's your season of no.  Let your fields rest! Remember--farmers know that their fields need rest in between harvests."

I know I've lost sight of it a bit because this chapter yesterday drove the point home with great conviction.  As well as a great solution to this busy trap dilemma.  I just love how Nancy Leigh DeMoss points out that Jesus had a rather short time to complete a history changing ministry.  And what was the secret to his success?

I have brought you glory
on earth by completing the
work you gave me to do.
John 17:4

In his short 33 years on earth, Jesus was able to say, "It is finished" on the cross because he kept his focus on ONE thing.  What work did GOD give him to do?  Nancy says, "the truth is that all I have to do is the work God assigns to me."  Oh, I like that!  I can get really bogged down when you ask me to list all my activities and task and then prioritize and eliminate.  I get confused on which to get rid of?  I mean, I'd love to ditch things like laundry, house cleaning, dishes, and cooking...but I find them rather necessary to my role as a stay home mom. 

INTENTIONAL challenge:  But, one thing I can definitely do. I can definitely wake up each day and say, "Good morning, Lord.  What do YOU have for me to do today?  Keep me on YOUR tasks!"  And throughout each day, as I start to scurry between activities and tasks, I can say repeatedly, "Lord, show the work YOU gave me to do in this day.  Direct my attention there, and keep me there."  I can climb into bed at the end of the day and ask Him to show me where I got off track.  And, I can rest that when I seek Him in THIS way, He will direct my paths.  When I seek, I will find Him--He doesn't play seek and hide.  He's a seek and find God.  And in time, I feel confident that I will have made adjustments, according to these gentle throughout-the-day nudges, so that my life reflects HIS work for me.  Oh, blessed freedom!  My cards may not get mailed (who am I kidding?  Of course they will...)....Okay, okay....I may find other things to let go of.  And honestly, I am encouraged by this truth--even if my activities and tasks don't change at all--if I can change my attitude by seeking His purpose above all else in how I spend my day, then everything changes.  Lord, I want to bring you glory on earth by completing the work YOU gave me to  Right now!


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