Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Balancing Act with Eternal Consequences…

Some people take the time to smell the roses.  Some people ask, what roses?  Some people try to do too little.  Some people try to do too much.   Which are you?

I have found that some people are running an incredible race, in so many different directions, without even considering the point of it all, and sometimes accomplishing very little of value.

There is a proper balance between fully being who God wants us “to be”, and being highly productive in doing what God wants us “to do”.  This balance can only be realized through honest Spirit filled introspection (Romans 12:2), followed up by Spirit empowered choice and action (Colossians 1:29).  Both are required, but both are often neglected.

Love the LordThe great commandment (Matthew 22:37-39) that Jesus gave us before he “left” us was the “to be” command.  Be in love with Jesus and others.  Another way of putting this might be to enjoy and celebrate both divine and earthly relationship.  Be present.

The great commission (Matthew 28:19-20) that Jesus gave us before he “left'” us was the “to do” command.  Go and make disciples.  Do because you love.  Another way of putting this might be to get busy with getting done what Christ began doing. Be productive.

Be present.  Be productive.

Remember Mary and Martha?  Martha’s busyness of scurrying around blinded her to the unique opportunity that she had.  Mary was commended for her great sacrifice and choice to disregard the work that everyone would agree HAD to be done.  Mary fulfilled the “to be” command by sitting and enjoying Jesus and she fulfilled the “to do” command through great sacrifice and pointed action.  She DID something because she LOVED someone.

Some people are just so laid back, that they never get much of anything done.  Some people are just so busy, that they never get much of anything done either.

I don’t care what you are doing, if you don’t consider the point, you will miss the point.  (Example:  Try shooting a bow without taking time to fix your eyes on the target.  This is what you call insanity, and it is also where we often find ourselves.)

Let’s seize the day and accomplish BIG things, because we are rooted in love.

I certainly don’t have all this figured out, but I’m going to die trying…


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