Just Another Day in the Life of a Sinner — Investing in Only Me Work

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Just Another Day in the Life of a Sinner — Investing in Only Me Work

I blew right through a stop sign the other day. I really have no excuse. We were traveling a street I know well. I had no visual obstructions. There were no distractions, either in the car or on the road. Yet as I came upon the intersection with the glaring red octagon-shaped sign, my husband said, “I guess you’re not going to stop, huh?”

I felt dumb. It was so obvious once John pointed it out.

I had allowed my mind to wander to the point that I wasn’t even paying attention to where I was going. Where I had come from. Where I was at that moment.

What a visual for my life.

This last year was wonderfully productive and rewarding. Stressful nonetheless. I can hardly believe I’m four months into 2014 with nary a plan for living in sight. Just call me Miss Fly-by-the-Seat-of-Her-Pants.

Know what I mean? You probably have your life perfectly aligned, perfectly balanced, perfectly worry-free. Right?

I have gotten so distracted by work and wellness and writing, by the “should” and “shouldn’t” of everyday life.  My mind has been consumed with doing many, many good things.  Noble things. Righteous things, even.  But the price has been too great.  I have lost my spiritual focus.

Solomon says, in Ecclesiastes 1:12-14:

12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. (NIV)

The key to getting my life together starts with my spiritual journey.  (Tweet that.) Everything else will be built on that foundation.

I feel stressed when I try to muscle through an agenda that I want or feel needs to be accomplished.  If I look to God, determined to be obedient to what He has for me, it will be impossible for me to overdo it.

It is simply not in His plan for any of us to feel overwhelmed and exhausted.  He has the answers.  He holds the truths.  When we draw close, He reveals them, and we are at peace.  It seems so obvious once it’s pointed out, doesn’t it?

I listen to a lot of really smart people who talk about evaluating all the details and to-do lists of daily life. Lots of things fill my time:

  • things that I can do well
  • things that I don’t do so well but muddle through
  • things I hate doing but feel like I have to do because no one else will

All of these things take me away from my most vital work. Things that only I can do. Only me work.

The time I spend meditating on the Word is only me work. (Tweet that.)

Yet I borrow from that time (i.e., steal) in favor of commenting on Facebook pictures, wading through the offers for stuff I can’t live without on email, or fretting over the myriad of things I have yet to check off my list.

In this day and age, we have more gadgets at our fingertips than ever before to help us with our spirituality.

We can have access to spiritual tools 24 hours a day with websites like Bible Gateway or mobile apps like You Version. We can stream Sunday morning services right into our computers or access any variety of ministries from our televisions. But if we don’t use them, meditate over the Word through them, find ways to apply what we’re learning to our daily lives because of them, they just add to the overflowing bucket of noise that already fills our heads.

Take time to invest in the only me work of personal spirituality today. You won’t regret it.

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