If you are too busy to read the entire post… scroll to the last paragraph… it’s the one that matters. It begins with ‘So here goes:’
The Facts of Life was one of my favorite shows growing up. ‘You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life, the facts of life.’ This year, I’ve witnessed and experienced so many of these facts of life. Birth. Death. Puberty. Menopause. Sometimes, no, most times, I’m too transparent. I went from walking around with a constant mask to the world and even in my own mirror, to the point of near destruction, to the other end of the pendulum of this is me, good, bad, or ugly, this is what you get. I also have a penchant for telling the truth. So… put this truth telling and menopause together with more deaths in 5 months than in my entire life combined and I’ve become a passionate truth teller who is running out of time. Life is short. Shorter than I realized. People I love now reside in heaven… or not. I’ve become more concerned with spiritual matters and less about earthly ones.
Recently, I’ve encountered some very busy people, myself included. Busy with serving the Lord. Busy with giving to others. Busy with good things, except they were not in a good place. When we are running at a pace that causes every nerve fiber to fire at the same time causing anxiety attacks it makes for a physical disaster. So my penchant takes over, I step onto the proverbial soap box, pulpit, whatever you want to call it and I let ‘er rip. Mind you, I get that 3 fingers are pointed at me when I get going… and I listen, because I’ve found Matthew 10:19-20 to be true.
“When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
So here goes: Our works will be tested by fire. Will they burn like hay, or withstand the test like jewels? If we are so busy to the point of nervous breakdown and we are doing all these good things but they are not what we’ve been assigned by the Lord, then we are wasting our time. We don’t have time to waste. Would you rather invest in a diamond or a stick? Just say no… sounds easy but I know how hard it is. Ask the Lord before saying yes to every ‘good’ thing before you. Learn to BE with HIM. BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOD. Get so good at BEING with Him and BEING who He made you to BE that you live, move, and breathe His will. All the works that we do without Him will burn. When we abide in Him, the fruit from those works will withstand the test of fire. For me to BE is to ABIDE. Let your life be a jewel and put aside the sticks. Say ‘Yes’ to the Lord and ‘No’ to the busyness that keeps us from Him. Please… we are running out of time.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.