This post will be a repeat for some of you, as it was originally written when I was contributing to Testify. But I was reminded of it today while I tried to work on two different jobs, keep the kiddos fed and occupied, and try to come up with a blog post. My work wasn’t finished until 8pm, the kids were thoroughly bored most of the day, and the blog post never happened. I *know* that I need to take a few irons out of the fire, but every time I do, I just end up putting new ones in. I needed a refresher on this one, and I bet I’m not the only one.
If you could read my mind right now, it would look something like this:
“I really need to get some work done. Oh but I have a blog post to write. Hey, it’s time for my favorite show! Okay I’ll watch that and then I’ll work. No, I should probably write that blog post first. What? There are new Angry Birds levels in the App Store? I’ll just download it, but I won’t play until I’ve written that blog post. Oh wow, that first level was easy! Maybe I’ll just play one more, and then I need to write that blog post. If I don’t get that blog post written I’m never going to have time to get my work done tonight. Oh crikey, 30 levels completed? I could probably just finish these levels and still have time to write that post. Oh that other show I wanted to see is on! What time will it be over? Will that be too late to get everything finished before bed? Okay I’m putting the Angry Birds down and I REALLY have to start writing!”
And guess what? Three hours have gone by and I have nothing to show for it. I only devoted half my attention to those shows I wanted to see so badly, I flew through those Angry Birds levels and didn’t even take time to enjoy them, I haven’t touched my work, and I’m just NOW starting this blog post! I haven’t really finished a thing, and what I HAVE managed to do wasn’t done with any level of quality.
While playing Angry Birds or watching television aren’t exactly of great importance, I have realized that this is pretty representative of my thought processes lately. Whether I’m playing with my kids, organizing an event, or proofreading a transcript, I’ve got so many other irons in the fire that I’m not giving 100% of my effort to any of them. The worst part is, my prayer life, my Bible study, my time spent serving, you name it, are all suffering from my lack of attention as well. So not only am I taking on too much at once, I’m trying to do it all on my own rather than putting God at the top of my list and letting Him help me through the rest.
Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,”
Go ahead and read that again. “Whatever” is a pretty powerful word, isn’t it? “Whatever” tells me that no matter what I’m doing, now matter how important or even insignificant it may seem, I am called to do it with all my heart, not half of it. The second half of the verse tells me if I’m working at it for the Lord, I could probably significantly shorten my to-do list, because a lot of those irons I have in the fire are for me and not for Him, and certainly not because I’ve sought His will before I jumped in and started yet another new thing.
My prayer this week is that the Lord will show me where I need to be focusing my efforts, and that once I see that, I will have the courage to say “no” when necessary, and the willpower to put the more selfish desires on the backburner while I take care of what’s important.