God put me on earth to accomplish a certain number of things," someone wrote, "and right now I am so far behind I will never die!"
We smile at that, but if you are a person (like me!) who always feels you could be doing more than you're doing, stop for a minute. Is "more" always better?
Maybe you're thinking, "If I were just a little better organized, I could squeeze more (there's that word again) into my life. I could accomplish more."
Thousands of dollars are spent on seminars every year to help people do just that--to help them maximize their lives. These training classes are often helpful. In fact, it would be hard to attend any one of them and not pick up some useful pointers that would make us more efficient.
Not surprisingly, most of us carry the same idea into our spiritual lives as well. We attend retreats and citywide gatherings. We buy books and tapes. We try new methods of Bible study and experiment with new prayer journals. All of this we do to maximize our Christian life. Sometimes it helps, and sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes we just come away saying, "Those are great ideas, but I just can't do it all. I'm 'maxed out' already."
Gail MacDonald writes, "There is a strange sort of logic that suggests that spiritual resource and renewal are found in constantly seeking new voices, attending more meetings, listening to incessant music, and gathering to exchange half thought-out opinions. How often do we fall into the trap of believing God is most pleased when we have maximized our information, our schedules, our relationships?"
Maybe God doesn't care whether or not we get more done. I don't see anywhere in Scripture where it says we'll get a greater reward for having done more. God does expect us to be wise with the resources He has given us, but the rewards come for faithfulness, not quantity of task performed.
What does God really want from us? Take a look at this verse: "For who is he who will devote himself to be close to me," asks God (Jeremiah 30:21). That's the challenge--simply being close to God!
Yes, we have battles to fight and schedules to keep. But if we need something "more", it's more of God. His presence is far more necessary to our well-being than any amount of organizational skills or efficiency techniques!
Today, check up on your love relationship with the Lord. God wants us to be close to His heart--whether we get "more" done or not!
By: Darlene Sala Encouraging Words for Women
I wanted to share this with you....these words encourages me when I am under pressure. Lately, this is happening alot... with tax season underway and trying to get everything ready to send to the accountant, working, helping our with my Mom and other life pressures...the plate runneth over!!! I need "more" of God how about you?
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