Tuesday, September 2, 2014
It can be frustrating getting children to understand and do what is asked. They want to do what they want to do, when they want to do it. If only they would listen and obey. After all, it's for their good. And time won't be wasted with time out's and discipline.
As I thought about this, I realized how like little children we adults can be.
How often have I been intent on doing what I want to do, when I want to do it?
That still, small voice within my heart warns me to stop. It's time for me to focus on reading God's Word and pray. Just rest in His presence.
I read about spiritual whitespace from Bonnie Gray of Faith Barista. Taking the time to be quiet. But that rest my soul requires all too often gets pushed to the side only to be replaced by activity.
My computer sits right in front of me. I wonder what's going on in the world? Maybe I should quickly check Facebook or email? I have a list of TV shows I've recorded. Maybe I'll just watch one.
I realize I'm really no different from the little boy in our class who is intent on doing his own will. He doesn't realize how much he's actually missing out on by making the choice to not listen.
How much am I missing out on by insisting on my will?
Do you get distracted and caught up in what you want to do? Do you push aside quiet time spent with God? Is your to-do list taking over what's most important?
I love Cherie Hill's quote from her latest book. I don't want to be so focused on the next few minutes that I miss out on God's best for me.
What choice will you make? Can you identify?
Blessings and love,