Where Do I Begin? (Part One): Our First Project
We’re coming down to earth now, friends. Prepare for landing!
We are all busy people. Why would I want to create more projects for myself?
Because there is a difference between work that moves you forward in what God has created you to do and work that others ask you to do.
Sometimes, the first project is to sift the wheat from the chaff.
I personally like to carve out time and sit before the Lord to orient myself in His direction. I usually plan for at least three hours. When life is particularly chaotic I even go away for a weekend.
Really? That makes no sense.
But the truth is, the messier and more chaotic and empty my life feels, the more I need Christ to untangle the mess.
And sometimes that takes awhile. I can’t do this myself.
But once I pull away into the refuge of Christ, He lifts my eyes and perspective to a new place.
On earth, I cannot see the difference between the good things and the best things.
But when I sit with Him, He will teach me as I pray with David in Psalm 86: 10, 11
“For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name…”
When I recognize that He is doing great and wondrous things, His perspective helps me to then make the hard choices that I cannot otherwise make.
Time spent with Him will help me to distinguish the roles that are the most vital to invest in, and I get a better understanding of His kingdom goals. I can more clearly see the things that are secondary.
For every “no” I say, I can then be free to say “yes” to the things He has called me to do.
The converse is also true. If I say “yes” to things that are not His priorities for Him, I will not be able to do the things that are.
For me, this may be the more compelling reason to say “no.”
I say “no” to the lesser, that I may say “yes” to the greater.
Personally, that has meant letting go of a wonderful ministry so that I can be fully available to serve my children full-time as a homeschooling mom.
It has meant saying “no” to many church opportunities so I can be focused on nurturing one group of families and investing in them.
“No” is only part of the story. We need the “no” so we can say the “yes.”
And God can help you tell the difference.
So before we move on, let’s schedule space to spend with God.
It will help tremendously. You’ll be glad you did.