I’m not sure about anyone else but I often feel a bit overwhelmed by all there is to do. Laundry and dishes never seem to be “done” in a family of six, errands and activities are abound. My business needs attention, my family needs attention, my home needs attention and on and on. My quest to find balance among all of those things that call my name seems so great. I will at times put something off and think “I will get to that when the weather is cooler or warmer, when craft season is over, when I have the time, etcetera, etcetra. However, I recently read a blog though that put it all into perspective quite simply: “Do the work.” The piece I read was really more about running a business, but God brought me to some verses that impressed upon me that this is a Biblical principle.
“He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.” Eccleiastes 11:4
“We must work the works of Him that sent me while it is day: the night comes when no man can work.” John 9:4
In the first verse we can see that if we are always looking for the circumstances and conditions to be just right we will never get any work done, we will never start, we will never be productive, we will never complete anything. And the second verse reminds us that time is limited. We must do the work while we can whether that is caring for our friends and family, volunteering in our community, serving in our churches or working in our businesses. Just do the work, start somewhere, do what you can while you are able. And in those times that it all seems overwhelming, take a deep breath and follow the principle of Phillipians 4:8 “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.” As we do this, God will help us organize our priorities and show us what the next thing on the to do list should be in any given area of our life.
Lord, I thank you that you are faithful and true. I thank you that your word is full of principles that we can apply to simplify our lives and help us focus on what you would have us do. I pray that would lead us and guide us in all that we do, give us the wisdom, the discernment, the courage and the strength to do the work that you have for us. In Jesus name, Amen.