I have been on a somewhat impromptu sabbatical the last three weeks and I haven’t posted any new article here, last two weeks.
While away I’ve been reminded about a few things, especially when it comes taking a break from things we consider ‘important’
1. We tend to grasp and hold on to things
Because we don’t know what else to do.
Because our identity is so wrapped up in what we do or what we have.
So we run all the way to the end of the line and find we don’t even have the energy to tie the proverbial knot.
At that time our answer lies in ‘a clean break’.
Let go of ALL things and hang on to Jesus.
Because He is our sanity and hope, our life.
Purpose, ministry, career e.t.c – these are not bad things, but they are nothing in themselves.
More than anything we need Jesus because He’s our Savior and King.
He gave everything for us. He deserves nothing but everything, the very best from us.
On keeping Christ first – which involves a lot of seasonal stripping because we all keep forgetting – I’ve been loving this quote from Beth Moore’s book The Beloved Disciple.
“Pray to love Him more than you pray for blessing, health, or ministry. Unless our lampstands are lit with the torch of sacred love, they are nothing but artificial lights. Fluorescent, maybe. But sooner or later, the bulb burns out.”
2. We worry too much
Of what people think, of the repercussions of stripping ourselves and focusing exclusively on God.
We worry about everything staying in place – and growing – in our absence.
Not that we are to be careless and irresponsible with our responsibilities and commitments.
But our priorities must be in order.
When my responsibilities and commitments start to become more important than God and His now–instructions to me….then I have me a big problem.
I am almost done with the first draft of my book. (Funny, I have ended up writing two books instead of one. A lot editing and fleshing out the main book lies ahead!)
In order to finish the book, write more and steward my time well, I will cut back a lot on my already thin online presence and time.
I will not be able to read/comment on my favorite blogs..not as much as I do now.
I will try to post a weekly article here as always.
But if that gets in the way of getting a now-thing done, the now-thing will get done.
Truth be told it makes me a little anxious, thinking about everything.
Even though I have trusted the Lord with this platform for always, nothing reveals your true self than laying it down. all. over. again.
But I love the Lord and trust His sense better than I do mine. (Look where my senses lead me..serious burnout, anyone?)
So I hope to continue writing here, being His channel, being a good steward of His gift (including the gift of time) as long as He wills.