Some people (not me) are vaguely neurotic.
Some people find themselves having a hundred small panic attacks a day, wondering if they’re doing anything right. They might be– oh, just for an example– answering the phone in their little office when suddenly they wonder if they should be at home, teaching their children. Or maybe they’re typing out an email and then realize they should be getting a master’s degree in archeology. Or maybe they’re home, blogging, wondering if they should be lovingly supervising each step of their children’s homework.
The obvious solution for these people is to home school their children while having a full-time, high-pressure career and getting a master’s degree in archeology while also blogging and writing full-time. Oh, and their children should also be enrolled in public school so the family can minister to the community, but I would imagine it is terribly hard to home school and public school simultaneously.
Also, these people must maintain a smoking hot love life with their spouse.
And they should also spend at least eight hours a day in prayer and Bible reading and volunteering.
Some people (not me) might be paralyzed by all this pressure. Some people (also not me) might get aggrieved and give up, taking to drinking copious amounts of hooch and lounging on the sofa in sweatpants.
Cleverly seeing through my little ruse, some of you are wondering if you should come over to my house right now and arrange for an intervention. You fear that maybe I am currently inebriated while wearing yoga pants at 4:12 on a Monday afternoon. Have no fear– I’m stone sober and wearing real pants. My house smells like brownies and I even have dinner in the crockpot.
But some days that hooch and giving up sounds awfully good, doesn’t it? Am I alone?
We’ve been given this one life to live, and how do we know if we’re hitting the mark? Are we using our days like God intended? I want to know if I’m bringing God pleasure, or just spinning my wheels while my miserable hours wind to a close.
We’re offered countless opportunities over a lifetime. One choice leads to another choice, then on from there. We can’t do much about the past and we can’t force the future, but we can do our best in this moment, right now. I have a few thoughts to help us focus (me too):
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light. (Matthew 11:28-30, NLT)
I might be living in a slightly panicked state, but I don’t think that’s what Jesus intends. There’s not a lot of room for anxiety and fear when we’re living with Christ’s humble and gentle teachings. So what’s next? Where do we go from here?
How about this…
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40, NLT)
My point is this– I can worry that I’m doing everything wrong and missing my entire life, or I can take a deep breath and take care of what is right in front of me. Am I loving God, right now? Am I loving the people right around me in action, attitude, and word?
Heaven knows those two things are enough to keep us busy, but we’ll talk about the big picture later this week. Part 2: Major Life Decisions. See you soon!