Yesterday , I posted a blog, What to Do About Annoying People. I ended the blog stating that most of the time, I discover, that when someone is annoying me it is because I have an agenda which I have determined cannot be changed. When I need to spend time writing because I have deadlines on books, I will find myself getting snippy with my boys and wondering why they cannot understand the importance of my work. On the opposite side of the fence, they get whiney or upset with me because they do not understand what could be more important than playing the really fun video game which they'd like me to join them on.
I've been doing a lot of unintentional pondering the last few weeks on what really matters to God. When I say 'unintentional' this is what I mean. In the past, I have allowed myself to get absolutely bent out of shape and worked up over silly deadlines or events. I was just speaking to my husband the other day about a shift that I've noticed. Lately, I've had moments where I find myself a lot calmer than I'd usually be. It doesn't make much sense because I'm still working with a lot of authors, raising a family, and keeping a home in order. Nothing has changed on my schedule. What has changed is my perspective. I've begun stepping back, taking a breath, talking to God about the situations, and turning those worries or fears over to him instead of hanging on to them.
This is not a revolutionary concept. It is something I have heard to do my entire life because I grew up in churches who taught the Word of God. Why then is it that all of the sudden I can see a difference in my life? Because...brace yourself...I'm actually living out what God's word says.
"Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!" James 1:22 MSG
I am not saying this to get a pat on the back or a high five. I'm saying this to help shake your spirit. Over and over again, I heard people tell me various testimonies of how God showed His Word to be true in the lives of those who lived it out instead of just quoting it. We can memorize all the scriptures in the world but it will be no different than memorizing any other book if we do not apply them within our lives.
How about the scripture which encourages us to be still and know that he is God (Psalm 46:10), have you ever heard that one? How often do you find yourself implementing it in your own life? I remember a time when I was searching for a job, I felt very desperate. We had very little income and the small income we had would soon be disappearing when my husband started tech school. I had applied many places but things were not happening the way that I wanted them to happen. When I finally broke down and said, "God, really, what is it you want me to do?" I heard him tell me, "Go to the park." It was the kind of response that I wanted to dismiss as the devil trying to distract me only I couldn't because I knew in my heart this is what God was instructing me to do.
Now, from an outside perspective this might seem like a very lazy thing to do. Why take my sons to the park when I should be apply for jobs and trying to find an income? Because God's ways are not our ways. His kingdom is not built with the same mindset we use to build things here on earth. God was trying to teach me, in that moment to be still and know that He was God. He was in control and He was taking care of my family.
I've probably told this story enough times that those closest to me have gotten sick of hearing it but that will not stop me from continuing to tell it because others need to know what it looks like to live kingdom minded. They need to be encouraged to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Why? Because I also need to be encouraged in these things.
Today, I want to encourage you, give God a chance to steal your show, allow Him the opportunity to rewrite you're schedule. But don't do this unless you're serious about it. Because once you say, "God, what do you want me to do?" He may respond with something that is really difficult to fulfill. Something like, "Take the kids to the park. Go for a walk. Watch that rabbit nibble on your grass."
All too often, I was afraid to ask because I thought God was going to tell me something way too difficult like, "Move your family overseas." Why on earth would He ever entrust me with such a task like moving overseas if he knew I wouldn't even be obedient with something as simple as, "Go to the park"?
As much as we might love living out this life here on earth, as Christian, we must shift our mindset to kingdom living. This is not our home. This should not plague us with fear but instead encourage us to live our lives as little children, taking pleasure in all the little things our busy schedules often leave us taking for granted.
God wants to use us to accomplish great things but first he must see that we are capable of completing the small ones.
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