A couple of years ago, we felt a little worn out and spread thin, and we decided that maybe we were chasing way too many things.
It happens so quickly in our society.
It wasn’t that we were chasing bad things–in fact, a lot of things we were busy with were church things, but if we’re not asking God what it is that He has for us in the seasons we’re in, we can say yes too often, and that can translate to a no to things we should be saying yes to.
If we’re chasing the wrong things, it means we can’t be chasing the right thing.
Sometimes, something that we do in one season needs to be let go for the next season.
When we don’t have time to hear from God, we lose our focus.
For us, we sat down and talked about where God was taking our family.
We asked ourselves, what were the things He had put in our hearts to do both internally in our family and outwardly in our community? That gave us a filter to run opportunities through so that we could decide if they were truly opportunities, or if they were distractions from the purpose God had for us.
It gave us perspective.
The true measure of success is not how academic, athletic, musical or even “good” our kids are. Success is being intimate with the Lord,hearing Him speak to our hearts, and doing what He says.
Sometimes it just means stopping, so we can hear.
Can I suggest that if our lives are always on fast forward, we will never hear the important things?
We will have ourselves in a frenzy trying to measure up to those we’re around.
We will carry the weight of trying to be a good mom and do it right. The standard is not those around us.
Help me to slow down so that I can hear You. I want to see myself as You see me and no longer measure myself against those around me. Forgive me for comparing myself and my family to my own expectations and to others that I see. Help me to keep my eyes focused on You and what You are asking because that is what matters. Amen.
Author: Wendy Gerdes