“Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.”
– Epictetus, philosopher
Now that things are quieting down in my atmosphere, I realize how much turmoil I’d been stirring up in my own life just by being involved in – and caught up in – idle activity. Classic case of the good thing vs. the God thing. Just because I can do something doesn’t mean I should do it. I’m not called to be anyone’s savior; I must point them to The Savior. I can’t want something for someone else more than they want it for themselves. I heave a sigh of relief as I release the cares of the world that I never should’ve picked up in the first place.
A glimpse into my prayer of realignment:
So I finally find myself alone in Your presence, Lord. What comfort, what joy to return to the waiting arms of My Creator, the One Who understands me – and loves me still. What great and necessary steps to take in preparation for ministering the song “With All My Heart” (“in this quiet place with You, I bow before Your throne…”). A slight nod, a tip of the hat, and a wave of my hand was the most I could give you before uttering an exhausted “Thank You, Lord” that could scarcely be categorized as a prayer before tumbling into bed. How that must grieve You when You ask for my best. You gave Your best gift, so why should I not follow Your lead? What a travesty that I haven’t made bowing or quiet before You my #1 priority. Please forgive me Lord, I pray…
How do you spend your time? It’s currency, you know! Whether wisely invested or foolishly frittered away, time doesn’t stay – it goes. The critical question is: Where is your time going? If you don’t know, can you really be considered an effective steward over this valuable commodity our Lord has entrusted to you? If you do know and it went in a direction not guided by the Holy Spirit, but instead was influenced by worldly desires and fleshly lusts, repentance is in order.
How our time is spent directly correlates to and accurately reflects our heart’s true priorities. Big time bandits and thieves include technological advances, cleverly disguised as conveniences or creature comforts (to name a few: mindless TV-watching; unedifying movies; sensual music; flesh-gratifying games, hobbies, and pastimes; gossipy magazines; carnal websites; and leisurely activities) that capture your attention to divert it from time well-spent with Christ – communing, fellowshipping, and learning of Him, His character, His plan and will for your life, and His wisdom for you today.
I couldn’t hear God clearly through the distortion caused by a muddled multitude of voices competing for my undivided attention – quite impossible! That’s what you call an unrealistic expectation. 🙂 So I had to silence some voices by shuttin’ ‘em down. Serious business, because they were loud. But my peace is priceless. Getting off the dizzying, speeding merry-go-round, I’m finally regaining my equilibrium and balance. Steady now! Swooning and careening, I can’t believe how long I was “under the influence.” But now I’m free and I see reality. Please purge, purify, and cleanse me, Lord. Make me white as snow.
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
“… but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.”
(I Thessalonians 4:10b-12)
© Copyright 2011 by Kayren J. Cathcart