Goin’ Places, Doin’ Things

1 Oct

It creeps into our lives very subtly.  At first it is exciting, fun, maybe even exhilarating.  It makes us feel needed and important or appreciated or fulfilled.  We read, “Whatsoever you do, do it as unto the Lord.” and we can even justify the goin’ and doin’ and give our sense of righteousness a pat on the back and say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”  For a moment we lose track.  Those are words to hear…at the end, not to think of ourselves or speak to ourselves now.  Sometimes the rush of seeking accomplishment keeps our brain so busy we don’t have time to think.  That, in itself, can become the motivator…not having time to think.

As people, do we fear the solitude of thinking, or do we fear the solitude of missing out?  Or the solitude of under achievement?  What beckons us to yes…I can…I will…I will try…Sure…OK!  Is there a sense of urgency to cram as much into three score and ten before the clock winds down.

From time to time it is good to stop and reboot.  What has the goin’ and doin’ caused us to miss.  Are the places and things taking precedence of the Creator and the ones made in His image in our lives.  In the rush to fill time do we appreciate the moment?  When the opportunities for commitments begin to become the enemy, lets take time to watch the autumn leaves fall.  The beauty of the colored wood all too soon becomes winter’s barren branches.  There are so many opportunities to attempt to quench urgency.  Opportunities can be obligations disguised in various hues of good that can actually prevent the accomplishments preferred by The Only Good.  We have a source to turn to for the wisdom to discern overcommitment.  The Holy Spirit does not consider, “No.” to be sin.  Sharing thoughts from moments of tranquility can share hope with hearts.  There are many goin’ places and doin’ things and wonderin’ why…when their brains have time to think.

5 Responses to “Goin’ Places, Doin’ Things”

  1. Becky Pfister October 1, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    Good thoughts…been thinking the same thing lately. Miss you guys. Getting colder here! Hope God is blessing you “real good”! 🙂

  2. Linda Kipfer October 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Looking forward to see you next week! Our prayers are with you.

  3. Sarah Fiechter October 2, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    Wonderful post, wonderful thoughts. I know the “pressure” to DO MORE has a lot to do with human nature in general, but I’d be curious to know if it’s more of cultural thing for us here in the US and the differences you are experiencing on the Mission Field across the world.

    Prayers!
    Sarah

  4. Erin Drayer October 3, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    Good point. I hear you and am convicted. It is so easy just to do and not to listen and worship.

  5. Ronda Grube October 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. I was so heavy with seeing how hard Satan is attacking with all the pressures of this world. The world looks so attractive. Taking time with God is so so critical. Busyness is such an effective tool for Satan. When we don’t feel like praying “pray” and look for things to “Praise God” for all day long. It’ll put a hedge about us and not let satan in. Blessings to you today.

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