Have you ever been really busy? I mean really busy?
Busy with kids, school, work, trying to catch up on everything you know you need to do? I know we can all get pretty busy sometimes. I have had many times where I have stopped doing the things that matter to me most because I’ve been too busy to do them. I have noticed lately, though, that Jesus has been drawing me back to His attention in a new way, back to His temple and back to where it first began.
About 3 or 4 times a week I serve in church, and though I absolutely love it, ministry can get busy, tedious, and weighty at times. I typically notice when I don’t allow myself to spend time silently in prayer or reading my Bible, I tend to carry my stress or anxiety in a way it wasn’t intended to be carried. I also gear toward holding on to what other people are going through because, in that moment, I am ceasing to trust that God has it.
Only when I give everything to Him am I fully allowing Him to fight for all and receive His peace. Only then, do I get back to where it all began. Only then do I see my passions manifesting more freely because I am giving to God everything He was intended to fight for, which translates into me feeling lighter and to doing everything I was made to do. The Bible says, “My burden is light.”
I wanted to share three things that have helped me be at peace in the midst of busyness and anxiety, and hopefully, they can help you, too:
- Seek Him first in the morning when you wake up. Ask God to reveal himself to you, all ‘feelings’ aside, and just wait and see what he does. He will begin to revive you.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
- Pray for all the burdens you are trying to carry. Sometimes there is a reason they’re there, and God is just drawing you to pray for people or situations in your life you are dealing with. They will begin to lift as you pray for them.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
- If you missed a day, don’t sweat it. When I miss a day, I get frustrated because of my lack of commitment. Don’t be too hard on yourself! If you miss a day, remember it isn’t religious checklist; it should always stem from a place of love, and relationship with Him. Remember that His nature for you never changes. There have been times I have refrained from seeking God first because I’m afraid of facing Him. But remember that God is waiting for you with His arms open, waiting for you to receive His great mercy and love and to give you peace.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
So now, I will leave you with this:
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
Remember, His love is new every morning, always, and remains constant.