I found some wisdom recently…
You can’t do everything.
This seems to be a recurring theme in my life actually.
I wrote this post a couple years ago when my husband told me I didn’t need to use all my gifts at once. Ha!
You see, there are so many good ideas and worthwhile ventures in this short life. Couple that with the urgency of the Gospel, and you can easily end up with a ball of busyness.
I’m learning with time that I can’t, in fact, do everything.
The Mary and Martha story of Luke 10 has always felt like a thorn in the flesh to me. Yes, Dearest Lord Jesus, I know I need to rest in You, but I really, really like to try and do it all.
My attitude about it changed with these words from a wise speaker at a long ago women’s retreat…
“Mary gave up something good…for something better.”
It’s not that serving and creating and doing aren’t good, it’s that they aren’t better. I need to lay some things down so that I can put my whole heart into Christ, and to what He has given me to do, and do it well.
Maybe that’s a twisting of the story a little bit, because the focus of the passage in Luke 10:38-42 is really on resting in the Lord, but I think it applies more broadly. Anytime I chase trying to do more than I know I’m intended, when resting ceases, and anxiety presses in, when I ignore that still small voice, I’m missing something the Lord is trying to offer me – His comfort, His peace, His control for this day.
So in order to concentrate on the Better, I’m going to give up the good. I’ve realized I need to give up a lot of good things, so that I can focus on writing, at least for a time. Yes, I want to do everything at church. Yes, I want to be the involved mom at my kid’s school. Yes, I want to…fill in the blank…but I can’t do it all.
Giving up the good for the better, will allow me to continue producing more I Love My Shepherd print studies, like
He Calls Me Loved: A Study of Isaiah (coming June 2018)
Good Gifts: A Study of James (coming 2019)
Chasing Freedom: A Study of Galatians (release date TBD)
I am also working on streamable and downloadable video and audio segments for all the studies, as well as downloadable retreat formats for each study.
Plus…podcasts, articles, and resources about ministry life, mental health, family life, and all the good stuff you would expect from I Love My Shepherd…only Better.
What is good in your life? Take a minute to thank God for all the good things He is doing through you and around you? Share them with me in the comments. I would love to hear what He is doing in and through you!
Are there any of those good things that can go? Those things that are good, but aren’t Better? Any one thing even that could leave more time for resting in the Word, for spending more time in genuine relationships, or for putting energy into doing something God has called you to with your whole heart?
Thank you for all your support, readers! You give me more encouragement than you can imagine.