So many days I struggle hard to break my self from going full blast from one thing to the next just to get it off my todo list. I hate to admit how much I’ve missed by doing that. But I’m trying to change that.
The Lord has been working hard on me this year. I’ve felt it. I’m not quite as stubborn and slow to hear as I used to be, but man, bad habits are HARD to break. I definitely feel like it goes 100% against my nature to slow down in anything. But as I’ve well learned, my nature is sinful, and will lead me into some bad places. So if something the Lord asks me to do feels against my nature, I know it’s the right thing. I also know it going to cost me big, but be 100% worth it.
So what’s He been trying to get me on board with? Being deliberate about each day. Realizing that this isn’t a run through. This is the real thing, but I’ve been living most of it as a run through.
Some of you may have no idea what a run through is, but if you’ve done any kind of performing in your life you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s the practice run before a performance. It’s where you go through the motions, get to your designated spots, and run through the routine, but only 1/2 way. You are mostly just making sure you’ve got everything covered, and know the motions, but saving your energy for the real show. But in life you don’t get a run through. Every day is the real show.
In my mind, the quicker the better. The faster I can get something off my todo list the better off I am. You know what that does? It makes EVERYTHING feel like a chore, even the things I love. You know what else it does? It limits the ways God can use me in any given task or interaction throughout my day. I can’t pray “Lord use me today” and then be moving so fast a furious that there isn’t even a second He could squeeze into.
Yes I may be doing good things, but if I am not doing good things well, then they aren’t quite as effective. I am raising my daughter, doing all the important things, but missing the most precious moments of just being there with her to engage, talk, listen and enjoy. I am giving food, visiting, helping, teaching, the right things, but all in the wrong way. I’m so rushed I can’t really pour into others properly. I’m missing opportunities to minister in ways I didn’t put on my agenda. I plan to meet one need, but the Lord may want me to fill another while I’m there. See what I’m saying?
Being deliberate means having a plan or a to do list, but leaving plenty of room for the Lord to work in me and through me in any given moment. It means that sometimes hitting all the motions isn’t always best. It means that some times the performance may change. You may miss a motion here or there, but add another somewhere else. But most of all it means doing nothing 1/2 way. It means saving nothing for tomorrow. It means leaving 100% of what you’ve got that day out there on the stage of life because we are not promised tomorrow.
We have to make the choice today. We have to decide today if we are going to live life as unto the Lord or as unto our todo list. You don’t get another life. You don’t get another chance to do this. You don’t get another today. This isn’t a run through. This is YOUR LIFE. This is the ONLY one you’ve been given. You don’t know how long it will last. So why not choose to serve the Lord today. Not just to hit all our “Christian checkmarks”, but to REALLY serve Him today. Let’s be deliberate in all that we do today, slow down a bit, and give it our all. Let’s see what all the Lord has in store for us if we do. I guarantee it’s better than what we had planned.❤️
“If it is unacceptable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.””
Joshua 24:15 AMP
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