Monday, March 28, 2011

Busy

"Our Heavenly Father never gives us too much to do.

Men will.

We assign ourselves an overload, but never the Lord. He knows what He wants from each of us, and there is plenty of time in His day for things essential to His plan. We do Him a grave injustice when we fall into the habit of compulsive overwork. We sin when we pressure out His wishes for assignments that have not been filtered through divine judgment." -Charles Shedd

Today in Christian Leadership we talked about how we are so bad at adding things to our schedules. My professor does a lot of conferences and seminars, and he said many people go into time management sessions or seminars with the thought that the speaker will help them learn how to juggle sixteen balls in the air, as opposed to the twelve they have going on BEFORE the conference. However, this is not what happens. No one can have "good time management" if they keep adding to their plate. Then he said: "If you really want to be effective, you need to FOCUS." Focus on ONE thing, not sixteen.

A few years back, a friend told me that God has not called us to be so busy FOR Him that we don't have time for Him. He doesn't want us to be exhausted all the time and have no energy for the thing He's called us to do and is trying to CALL us to do.

I am TERRIBLE at this. I want to be everything to everybody. I want to make everybody and their mother happy. I want to get everything done and dapple in a plethora of things because life is short and I have to get everything done in the "perfect" way I am always striving for. But God has not called me to be "busy," though in our society today it seems like being constantly BUSY gives us worth. Instead, He's called me to be effective and excellent in the things that I do. He's called me to do everything in His name and for His glory.



Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because th days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Trust

"If there are any two things more incompatible than oil and water, they are TRUST and WORRY. Would you call it trust if you asked a friend to do something for you, and then spent your time worrying about whether the matter would be properly handled? And can you call it trust, when you have given to the Lord the saving and keeping of your soul, and are STILL spending day after day, night after night in anxiety and doubt? When a person REALLY trusts a matter to someone else, he ceases to worry about it. If he continues to worry, it is clear that he doesn't trust."

I am the world's worst about this. I keep everything bottled up OR I talk to other people about it, instead of talking to the Lord first... and then when I finally get around to telling Jesus about it, I tell Him that He can have it, all of it, all of me...then start talking to someone and talk about how worried I am about it OR usually...lay in bed at night, restless, because I have so much bubbling up inside of me. OBVIOUSLY...I am not trusting.

Trusting is hard. It's hard to surrender. But it is so worth it. And you would think that I have learned this lesson by now. As Beth Moore says, don't be satisfied with the puddle just because it comes to you before the lake. Don't compromise what the Lord has promised you. Hold out for what He has for you! Listen to His voice-He'll blow you away.

Wait for the Lord. Be strong, take heart, and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

"What does it mean to trust someone to do a piece of work for you? It means letting that person do it, and feeling no need to do it yourself. Every one of us has trusted very important tasks to other people in this way. If we had confidence in those people, we felt perfectly safe in doing so. Mothers trust their precious babies to the care of relatives or baby-sitters without any great anxiety. All of us trust our health and our lives every day to cooks, bus drivers, mechanics, and all sorts of workmen who could ill us or ruin our lives in an instant, either deliberately or by a moment's carelessness. We never feel that we are doing anything in the least remarkable when we put ourselves at the mercy of people whom we know only slightly, it at all. You yourself could not live on this earth and go through the routine of a single day if you couldn't trust your fellow men. It never enters your head to say you cannot. Yet you do not hesitate to say, continually, that you cannot trust your God!"

You are the strength that keeps my walking.
You are the hope that keeps me trusting.
You are the light to my soul.
You are my purpose, You're everything.

So how can I stand here with You and not be moved by You?
Would You tell me how could it be any better than this?

'Cause You're ALL I want, ALL I need, You're EVERYTHING.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Peter and Jesus

In the youth group last Sunday, we talked about friendships. We modeled what our friendships should look like after Peter's friendship with Jesus. I don't know about the kids, but I sure got a lot out of our discussion.

In Matthew 16:18, Jesus calls Peter "blessed" and that he is Peter, and "on this rock I will build My church."

As the crucifixion was drawing near, Jesus told His disciples that the day was drawing near, and that they all would fall away on His account. But Peter quickly tells Jesus that no matter what happens, he will always be there for Him, no matter what the rest of the crowd does.

"Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will."

Even when Jesus looks at Peter and tells Him that he will indeed stray from Jesus and even disown Him, Peter assures Jesus that he would DIE before he would disown Him.

We all know how this one ends. A little while later, the rooster crows right after Peter told person number three that he doesn't even KNOW Jesus.

On Sunday, the youth pastor asked the youth group: How would YOU feel if your "best friend" not only treated you badly, but claimed that he didn't even know you?!

I have never thought about this story in these terms. I have had and am having such issues with friends right now. I don't know whether to walk away or whether to hold on to the friendships that I have. Do I say something when I feel mistreated? Or do I just let it go? Do I move on or do I drop everything to be there for the people who I thought would be my friends forever, even when they treat me badly?

I find a little bit of comfort (no matter how weird that sounds) that Jesus went through the same thing. Hebrews says He was tempted in every way and that He can sympathize with our weaknesses. Though I'm going through nothing like Jesus did, He sure had issues with His friends, even the one everyone thought of as the beloved disciple.

I have friends that told me they'd be there for me forever, and now they're not around. Just like Peter told Jesus. I have friends who said they would be there for me forever and now have turned away because I talk to them about the bad choices that they're making. Just like Peter...Jesus tried to warn him, but he was indignant that he would never be unfaithful to Jesus. And he made terrible mistakes. Three of them, in fact.

I'm thankful that Jesus understands. And that I have a Savior who cares.



He doesn't need us, but He wants us. And I am so grateful!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It's March! :)

I've had a lot of people talk to me about college lately. High school junior and seniors, adults, different types of people. I do my best to be real about it-encouraging AND truthful. Truth is...moving to college was one of the hardest things I've ever done...but it is also one of my greatest blessings.

It's hard because almost all of my relationships have changed. That doesn't really have to do with college, but I guess it's just a a part of growing up. The people whom I thought would never leave...I rarely talk to anymore. Their interests have changed, and mine have too. Even the people at DBU whom I spent every waking minute with last semester aren't around much anymore.

But life is good...because this is only a season! New relationships will form and old ones will be strengthened. God is faithful.

I'm learning that you have to trust God and step out in blind-as-a-bat faith. Even if that means giving Him your deepest, darkest secrets...your most special memories...your most painful prayer request...your best friends, closest relatives, and the people you love the most. Giving Him your hopes, your dreams, your gifts is the best thing you can do. He is the Man worth giving your heart to! We don't have to worry about Him shattering our hearts. He is Jehovah Rapha-God the Healer.

"Partial surrender is no surrender at all."

Surrender your heart and mind to Him...He is so worth trusting.