That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.
Colossians 1:29, NLT*
Paul’s motivation and passion is “to present [everyone] to God, perfect [or ‘mature’] in their relationship to Christ,” and he pours his whole life into it.
It’s different when we don’t have an overriding sense of calling or mission, or if we don’t have a felt purpose or deadline.
I’m in the happy state of being an at-home mom to almost-grown sons. They don’t need a lot of care, although they’d appreciate more home baking.
There’s plenty of housework that needs doing, but… it waits quite patiently. And there’s more writing I’d like to be doing, but… it too waits. As much as deadlines stress me, I often find I get more done when my time is tighter. Daily life (and email) seems to spread to take up all the available time.
I had full-time work from October through December, a repeat of my previous year’s seasonal job. It was a great opportunity that stretched me and demanded more than I had to give. When I told people God sent me back to the same role to re-learn the lessons He’d taught me the first time, I was only half joking.
The task was too big for me. I had to rely on God. That meant getting up early enough to start each day with prayer and a Bible reading. It meant committing the day to Him and depending on His intervention and provision.
There wasn’t much of me left over at the end of each day, but He was enough. And somehow the other details of my personal life (little things like preparing for Christmas) fell into place.
God our Sustainer and the Director of our paths, thank You for demonstrating Your goodness. Help me—help us all—to view each day as the assignment You have for us, however simple or complex. Help us to anchor ourselves in You and to work diligently, relying on the power of Christ in us. Nourish us daily from Your Word and Your presence. When things come up that aren’t on our agendas, give us discernment to know if they’re redeployments to obey or distractions to ignore. Help us do all to Your glory, with willing hearts.
Geoff Moore’s song, “Your Day,” is a good one to start each morning. (Click to listen to Your Day at Last.fm)
*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Thank you, Janet, for this wonderful posting. You and I are going through a similar sort of journey right now. We need God’s wisdom and discernment, as you said, to sort out what is of God and what is a distraction. Thank you for sharing!
It’s so good to know we travel this road with company, Ruth Ann. We can encourage one another on the way.
My posting for today – is going to be about today.. the word from Scripture this week. I haven’t done it yet. But sometime today it will maybe get done. But in my mind it is TODAY and today only that I am focusing on. Your description of your working months hit home with me and taking those special moments each day kept you focused on HIm – lovely.
Yes, there’s enough grace for today only… like the manna. Focus is hard but important!