We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. John 9:4
What is wrong with me? I want to do my work, in fact I want to be so organized that I will make lists in order to ensure that all of my work gets done, but no matter how hard I try the work never seems to get done. There is always more to do and I constantly feel as if I am climbing my way out of a mountain of work that never seems to get done.
My messed up strategy
The problem I realized was this was all my messed up strategy of trying to accomplish my work and that is in essence the problem I faced. As the work I wanted to accomplish was not bad, it wasn’t necessarily the best choice either. I was focused so much on my plans and my strategy of getting all of my work done. I didn’t take enough time to include God and doing His work. Today’s key verse points out that we must do the work of God while it is day. That is the most important kind of work to do.
Could that include doing the dishes and cleaning out the refrigerator. Possibly but it may also include not getting the refrigerator cleaned out because you took that important phone call dealing with a close friend who was devastated and going through a crisis.
What I am learning about surrendering to God….
The answer came to me while doing my morning devotions. I spend so much time trying to have the perfect list with the perfect amount of time scheduled for each activity:
- plan school and write out worksheets
- do dishes
- clean refrigerator
- make breakfast
- teach school
- make lunch
- teach school
- more dishes
- take out garbage
- clean house
- clean bathroom
The list could go on and on, but where did I schedule God in all my planning? Where did I take time to pray over my list? Where did I get my list from? There is nothing wrong with the things I am doing, it definitely is things that need to be accomplished but I was so busy planning that I was not allowing my work to be surrendered to God instead my work was my to do list that I felt was important.
Keep it Simple…..
I still want to make lists because that truly helps me feel organized, but before I make my list I pray that God will direct my day’s work. I ask God to give me the most important work His work and let me see what it is. I ask that God help me recognize His Divine Interruptions and then I try to accomplish all that I can on my list and then here is the real tricky part. I try my best to not feel like a failure if I didn’t accomplish everything on my list because I know that I allowed God to direct my day and I was busy all day doing the most important work…..That work was His!
Questions for you
- What work are you currently doing that overwhelms you?
- What is one way that you can put God into your work week?
- What can you do to be less multi-tasking and more God seeking?