Today I’m letting you into my thoughts – and they are a bit random.
I’ve noticed a dicotomy in myself lately – my “wanter” isn’t working so well. I want to curl up with a book, watch a tv show, etc. AND I want to prepare a sermon, update our website (www.theclosenetfamily.com).
Since I work full time and commute, I don’t have enough hours to do everything. I would never want to be striving for striving’s sake – I want to only do what is helpful to God’s purposes for my life. Yet sometimes I just want to relax and do nothing.
This is what I am discovering – “work” is what takes energy away from me. Sometimes that work can be as simple as reading a book. Sometimes it is truly relaxing to sit, write, and think. Striving seems to be connected with doing – am I “doing work” when I was called to sit? Am I “doing relaxation” when I was called to work? In both cases, I am being drained without being replenished. However, if I listen to the Holy Spirit, who teaches, guides and corrects, I find that work is a joy and relaxation is replenishing.
This week, I am working through my ‘to do’ list – not as a striving thing, but with joy. I love to see God get things done.
Paul said “it is no longer I, but Christ that lives in me”. I understand that. Why fight the battle of self when we can let the Holy Spirit be in charge? It makes life a lot easier to listen and learn and do under His guidance.
Christ said – “I came that you might have life, and life to the full”. Think about a plant that has life – is it flourishing or wilting?
So we come to this – are you wilting? The Holy Spirit can guide you to replenishment. What you need might be work, and it might be play – but it will definately be good.