Busy Isn’t Always Better

Posted by Neverthesame on July 25, 2012  /   Posted in Devotional

I like to relax, especially after a long day of go, go, go… Rest is necessary. My family is always on the go, there’s always a church event to attend, a meal to grab, a movie or concert to see, or a soccer practice to get to. Simply put, we fill up our calendar with ease.

I stop sometimes and think about all of this and ask myself, why do I live my life at this pace? Is it a lack of prioritizing on my part? Is it just the way I am built? Why do so many of us live such busy lives?

Consider this. In today’s society we equate busy with successful. The more we do, the more important we are. I have found myself answering the question, “how are you?” with the word “busy” more and more. Why do we do this? Is it because we believe more is better when it comes to activity? Do we just want to post all the things we do on Facebook to let the world know how important we are?

In Psalm 46: 8-10 the Bible tells us:

Come, behold the works of the LORD,
how He has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
He burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”

Many have heard verse 10a before but when we read this in context “Be still” takes on a different meaning. It seems to be less about a daily “quiet time” and more about a lifestyle.  The scripture tells us its His works and His decisions that makes the world turn. It’s His declaration that He will be exalted among the nations. Our job: Be still. (God is saying,”pay attention”) I think the more we do and the more we go, the more we find our identity in our own actions.  Being captivated as a member of His audience is the instruction I find in this passage.

I am not advocating laziness or some “sit on the couch” Christianity. I simply question our motivation as Christians sometimes. Are we busy doing things that make us look good, or are we so captivated by what He is doing around us that we are spending time at His feet bringing Him glory?

At His feet is where we find our purpose in life. Its where we find peace. Busy isn’t always better. What has God been doing around you? If your answer is general and generic its probably because you haven’t been paying close attention. Ask God to slow you down enough to show you how you fit into what He is doing.

Make your decisions from a “still” perspective and you will find the things you do in life will be bigger than you, and the strength you find to do them will surpass your own. When you fill your calendar with events based on what God is doing you will find all the resources and courage you need to do it all and still find rest.

What are they saying about me?

Posted by Neverthesame on July 23, 2012  /   Posted in Devotional

We have all asked ourself this question before. The tragedy is when we believe the answer. I can’t believe the stories I heard in Panama of the girls who believed what some simpleton said about them. People have no idea the lasting effects of their words. Word’s have the power to build confidence or break it down. The question is whose words are you listening to?

In John 8:1-11, we witness a defining moment in a young woman’s life. People said horrible things about her. They had “caught her” and used the truth like a branding iron to mark her. I am so moved by Jesus’ reaction to the situation. He speaks with such wisdom and confidence. He speaks to her accusers and addresses the very core of their motivation; Self-Exaltation.

Yes, Jesus, author of all things true and good, reminds us in this passage that the truth is His tool. He uses the truth to set us free not to beat us into the ground. He reminds our accusers, (all the people who need to feel better than someone else so they judge people not like them for being too fat, or too funny looking, or not cool enough, or not smart enough, or not spiritual enough, etc.) that they are not the measuring stick for rightness, He is. Ironically enough its not what He says to the “bullies” that makes the biggest splash in this young woman’s life.

As each accuser dropped their stones and walked away, I can only imagine how her confidence grew. She had been ridiculed in front of the world, embarrassed, and shamed, but now she was faced with the freeing reality that those that once stood over her in judgement with their defining words may have actually been wrong. How sobering to watch them all walk away. I can imagine the turmoil raging within her mind, although her accusers had been silenced she was conscience of her own guilt, and had already begun seeing herself through the words others used to define her. Nevertheless, finding herself face to face with Jesus, He declared forgiveness and freedom over her, giving her permission to “go and sin no more” or, believe what I said about you instead of what the world has said about you.

Know this, “they” will always say things about you. That’s what “they” do. Fill in the blank for “they”. Could be a relative, a sibling, a boyfriend or girlfriend, someone at school, or down the street, no matter who they are, they don’t have the final word. He  does. The good news is this, He doesn’t condemn you. What may be true to them and even to you, in your mind, isn’t truth if He says so. He is truth, and if He says “neither do I condemn you” then you are not guilty, you are innocent and you are free. Given the chance, why live any other way but free.

This week, find Jesus everyday. Listen to what He says about you. Believe it, and be confident. Confident that His definition of who you are is better than anybody else’s including your own.

Celebrate your freedom with confidence.




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