I put my plans aside yesterday. Again. I knew I needed to be open to do only what mattered. So. I did. The thing is . . . the theme of my message last Sunday focused on only doing what matters. I’ve been practicing what I preach, which is not easy to do. Ever.
It’s ridiculously humorous to think I would struggle with one of the main points of my life message. But. I do.
I’ve learned my intention to do only what matters must be backed up with focused action by seeking God first. It’s why I believe in the value of worshipping, meditating, and praying in the FIRST FIFTEEN minutes, allowing me to see God is present and at work, giving reason to pay attention to do only what matters. Why do anything else?
When I’m focused on things that really don’t matter, it’s much easier to become stressed. When I let go of the unnecessary and only do what God has assigned me to do, the peace of God settles within my soul.
It’s the kind of peace described in the book of Isaiah:
You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3, NLT)
At the end of the day, if, I trust God to lead me in how I manage the day, focused on what I’m assigned to do, then, I will be at peace rather than stressed. And, about today?
Once again, I’m planning on making some space in the day to take care of specific tasks; however, I’m determined to practice what I preach.
How about you–are you willing to practice what you preach?
View from my JOYS:
Uncle Timmy and Ellie have been getting to know one another this week. It’s been an important part of the past few days. Developing relationships is key in living a full and healthy life, doing what matters.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)