Throwback: Don’t be too busy

This is part of a series called “Throwback” – where I revive journal entries and blog posts written/posted on this very day, years ago.

Written on June 12th, 2014 (three years ago), I was caught in the middle of a tornado of my own making – doing too much work and being buried alive in them. Re-reading this journal made me realize how history can easily repeat itself so easily without you even knowing or being able to fix them.

But God is a God of grace and second chances; I can overcome this with His help; and this message will help me be fed up with busyness even more, in hopes of real change towards doing less of my own, misguided and/or selfish pursuits so that I can do more for the Kingdom.

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No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” – 2 Timothy 2:4 KJV

I seriously need to cut down. Here is now I am not fighting for The Lord when I am too busy:

* I don’t have the patience needed to love people – my family, Christine, the kiddies, my friends…people who need me
* I don’t honor my body with adequate sleep, exercise and nutrition
* I don’t give my purpose enough attention & focus – whether it be The Halal Guys project, Fransmart, various other projects, and their subsequent tithing abilities

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Devotional: Ability versus availability

This is part of a series called “Devotionals.”

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“His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.” (Psalm 147:10-11)

Because of my naturally selfish nature, I like to show off my abilities, talents, experience, and knowledge – but the above text reminds me that doing so is wrong.

It’s worldly – society wants me to believe that bragging is the best or only way to “get ahead.” It’s possible idolatry – I’m risking placing these values over God. And it’s inhibiting – by being smart and skilled, I risk feeling like I don’t need God’s help.

This also reminds me that busyness is a faith-killer. I’m busy because I’m ABLE to do a lot of things, and while I can do them, it doesn’t mean that I should. I should focus more on being AVAILABLE for Him – saying “no” to the ineffective/mediocre/unhelpful/negative tasks that He didn’t call me to do, so that I can make room to say “yes” to His inspirations; so that I can be present and enjoy His glory; and so that I can focus on loving my brothers and sisters in Christ.

“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” (2 Chron. 16:9a)

Lord – I want Your strength – the kind that lasts, and that that allows me to scale mountains and seas. Help me increase my commitment to You so that I am 110% living according to Your will.