Lately, I have been submersed in activity. A flurry and a flutter of activity. Though I do not wish to have every moment of my life dedicated in advance, every moment seems to be prescribed to one of my various commitments. Bible studies, church, family, friends, home business, meetings, blogging, Facebook e-mails, regular e-mail . . . you get the picture.
In my mind, I have been asking myself how I ended up so overcommitted. I am pretty sure that life just shouldn’t be so stressful and busy. I absolutely need a break.
My confusion has been centered around God’s will.
I am absolutely sure that God has plans for me in each of my ventures. I also know that God led me to take on each activity (and those activities are connected with wonderful and amazing people). If God wants me to be involved in all these things and I see Him moving in all these areas of my life, then why am I so stressed? Why do I feel that I must be doing something wrong?
If I were to let go of any of these things, then God couldn’t work in that thing anymore through me. God would surely continue His work, but I would remove the chance for Him to use me. That doesn’t sound right either.
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Then something crossed my mind, I’m pretty sure it was God, because it had the crystal clarity that He provides and it had the “Oh!” that normally comes when He shares His thoughts with me.
I wasn’t truly overcommitted. I was struggling because I was under committed.
I haven’t been committed to His plan in all these areas of my life. I have been lackadaisical (dude, I love that word) in my pursuit of His fullness. The fullness that He talks about when He says in John 10:10b “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (NIV 1984).
Where is His fullness? It’s in pursuit of Him alone.
I won’t become full from any of these things that are in my life. They are simply connections that allow God to use my life in a particular way. But I can let them make me empty by allowing them to be a burden. We weren’t intended to run on empty; we were intended to rely on God.
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens” (Psalm 68:19, NIV ’84)
Nothing I can do makes God love me any more than He does already and all these things, these activities, are simply outlets for God to work through me. Takes the stress away doesn’t it? All the little things that seem to pile up seem even smaller when I realize God’s bigger plan. Are my activities burdens or opportunities? Are my “failures” within my activities terrible things, or is it like Thomas Edison said, ““I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Why stress when God is in control?
Nothing is too big for Him not even my “overcommitted” life.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21, ESV).
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