That’s a question we don’t ask ourselves enough. We are all so busy today. Representing the thirty-something parent generation, I have fallen prey to the distractions of this life as much as the next guy. Sitting under the teaching of our wise pastor a few weeks ago, I was struck with a sobering truth. We live with a constant state of anxiety. We are always “on”. Always connected. We are flooded with little bits of information all day long. We rush from this to that, and are always doing our tasks in haste. We are constantly so concerned about the future that we miss so much of what is going on right now. We are literally spinning out of control…all in an effort to make things “better” for us and our kids. However, with everything that we do, it all begs the question, “Does that even really matter?”
Anyone who knows me realizes that I am likely the most guilty of this problem. I often struggle with just sitting and resting. My mind is in a constant state of productivity, and I very rarely slow down. I feel like there is always something that can be done, but I am learning that this is not necessarily a good thing. I use myself as an example because I want to encourage you on a real level. I get this issue. It is a real problem with our society today and I am a part of it. So what can we do about it? Here are some penny-valued thoughts…
This world needs hope. Our society is a mess. With the recent events in our country causing such division among us, it is gravely important to identify what we are spending our time doing. So what are you really doing? What is the motivation for your efforts? Friend, I’d like to take the opportunity of the time that you’re reading this to challenge you. The hope that this world needs can only be found in one person…Jesus Christ. If this bothers you, please feel free to stop reading. But if you can spare a moment, I’d like to twist your arm. Don’t worry, you’ll be ok. I’m not that strong.:)
I’ve spoken to a good number of people since our country’s recent election. Many people have expressed the same thing…fear. They are worried about where our country is headed. Worried about the economy. Worried about their retirement. Worried about their freedoms. Well folks, I’d be lying if I said I weren’t as well, but then I have to ask myself, “Why?” What if the “worst case scenario” were to happen and I were stripped of everything I have? What would I do? Its then I am reminded that there are people who live like that EVERYDAY. We’ve unfortunately become so occustomed to our comfort, that we couldn’t bare the thought of living with less. That’s a problem. Despite all of this, I am also reminded that there is something so much greater than ALL of these issues. Jesus!! I could spend all day sitting and worrying about what may or may not happen, or I can rest in the peace that He gives me! Better yet, I can make use of the time I have RIGHT NOW to encourage other people to do the same! He has this world completely under control. He said it clearly in His word in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have many troubles. But take heart. I have overcome this world.” What a wonderful promise!! Those words alone are enough to strengthen my day, and help me to realize that all this “stuff” really doesn’t matter. All these things I get myself busy doing are useless, unless they are done to edify others and amplify Christ. So let that be a challenge to you today. Take a look at what you are doing and evaluate the reason you are doing it. Remember Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
I think in times like these, we need to stop and simply be thankful for what God has given us. He didn’t have to give us what we have. In fact, we forget that the world He created will go on without us. Its by His grace we are even given another day. What a gift! Now, there is nothing wrong with working hard and pursuing a better life for yourself. In fact, it is a wonderful part of of our human resolve. But if things changed and we suddenly had to live with much less than what we have, would it really change who we are? Not at all. We would still have the promise that God gives us through His son. Let that be enough to change your thinking. Stop fretting. Stop thinking so much about your life that you waste it. Get busy, but do so by loving others. Serve others. Go on a mission trip. Sponsor an orphan child. Support a local ministry. Buy someone else’s groceries. Volunteer. Step out of your comfort zone and see that there are people who live everyday like what you are so worried about happening to you. Friend, you woke up today. God has given you another chance to experience His love. Go! Show others what the love of God really means. Tell others about Jesus. That’s what we’re called to do! That’s what really matters!!