Day 21: antidote#4

HURRY!!! Hurry is definitely a contributor to CLUTTER (Day 17). Along with laziness, procrastination, and exhaustion, HURRY takes it’s toll on our homes. HURRY is also a bi-product of the others. It seems that in our haste, because of our waste of time, we don’t take care in the things we do. And it shows. And we feel it: exhaustion!

Hurry! We are constantly trying to keep up. We try to rush things to fit it all in. In-order to get dressed so we make it on time, clothes get tossed. In order to eat and run, dishes pile up. The list goes on and on. We are rushing because we are in a hurry to get somewhere or to do something, and we may not be taking care of the things around us. We are also not taking care of ourselves either.

This fast pace world we live in is a challenge. How do we slow down? How do we give are attention to one thing at a time? Are we even supposed to? Isn’t multi-tasking the way to go?

And then there is technology. With all the latest smart stuff that demands our attention (don’t you get the feeling it is DEMANDING), how do we ignore it and do what we ARE DOING? Isn’t there always something dinging, ringing or screaming at us for attention.

Priorities. We have to make serious decisions and choices before stuff starts ringing and our heads start spinning. We need to know what is important to us and how we will respond to demands that arise that may quickly take us off course.

When addressing hurry and the distractions that lend themselves to hurry, the Word offers us light.

Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. Matthew 5;37

We decide what we will and won’t answer and stick to it. I will only check my phone between this and that time. I will not answer it every time it makes a sound. I will do this or that, but I won’t do this other thing. We have to make these decisions and be clear, otherwise we will be taken off course.

James 1:2-8 says to:

 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

May we continue to seek God for His will for us each day. May we set boundaries with the technology in our lives. May we make good decisions and stick to them. May we not be tossed around by doubt. May we ask the Lord for his wisdom for how we can slow down and experience LIFE to the fullest!

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10

 

Day 20: antidote #3

This is antidote #3 to combatting CLUTTER (see Day 17).  After looking at laziness and procrastination, we will look at EXHAUSTION as part of the problem. How do we get ourselves to the brink of exhaustion?  Is it necessary to get to this point? Are we physically, mentally or emotionally drained? All of the above perhaps?

Exhaustion is real. Everyone is very busy doing so many things for various reasons. Even when we have time to rest, do we take it? Do we instead  find more things to exhaust ourselves with? If you are like me, you will keep going and going to who knows where until you finally realize you forgot to do a whole lot of important stuff but no longer have the energy to do it.

And it is a vicious cycle.

The Word says to Come to Jesus, all who are burdened and heavy laden and you will find rest for your souls. I know this. You know this. But when we succumb to distraction after distraction, not only are we faced with stuff left everywhere, but we miss the ONE who has everything we need. REST. The frenzy of busyness ends and what are we left with? He stands at the door knocking, waiting to be invited in, and we don’t have the strength left to answer. It happens to me far too often. Does it happen to you?

He asks us, “Come to me.” Okay Lord, in a minute.

He beckons to us, “Come to me.” Okay Lord, I will. I have to do this one thing, and then I will sit with You.

He pleads to us,”Come to me.” I will, I will. Soon.

He never stops asking. We don’t come. We miss out. We are exhausted. He had the rest we needed. This makes me so sad.

We know the antidote to exhaustion: Matthew 11:28.  How do we then find a way to answer the call? How do we make Him first?

It would be wisdom to sit with Jesus and spend time with him and let him energize us with His rest that He freely offers. And yet, we tend to be unwise in our choices.

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

May we remember to ask You for wisdom to sit with you and to put you first, that we would find the rest we so desperately need. May we ask you to help us to make you our first priority. May we open the door you are knocking at before we even think about answering any other call that would keep us from you. May we see you as who you really are: LIFE. May we receive the rest you have for us. In the mighty name of Jesus we ask.