Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Aren't We All Busy?
The most common thing people say to me who either haven't seen me in awhile or are meeting me and my semi-large family for the first time is: "You must be so busy!!!" Yes, I am. They are right.
But hold up...aren't we all busy?
We all have 24 hours in a day. And we all fill more of those hours with activity than we spend sleeping. So, the question isn't whether or not we will be busy. That matter is settled. We all find activity to spend our minutes. The question is: What will we be busy doing?
As I have grown older, I have sensed more and more the importance of spending my minutes very intentionally. I have chosen what I will be busy doing.
For all of us who have given our lives to Jesus, we want to wake up each day and pray: "Lord, what can I do today to bring glory to your Name? How can I be used to further and build your Kingdom? How can I live in such a way that requires faith? How can I trust you more? How can my life reflect YOUR heart?"
For me, part of that answer is adoption and having a large-ish family. I believe God wants kids in families. I believe defending the cause of the orphan is God's heart. I believe these kids need a family to help them grow to love God and be healthy adults. In following God's leading, there are now 7 kids in our family.
It's hard work, for my husband and for my children and for myself. But it's living in abundance.
People also tend to say, "I could never do what you are doing." I'll tell you a secret: God is giving me the strength and the power and the energy and the grace and the love. I can't do it either.
It's honestly amazing to do something I know "I can't do." It's awesome to work through the day and see good things happening that I could never produce on my best day! It's a front row seat to watch God work in a very literal, concrete way.
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it." ~Malachi 3:10