Fresh Hope – 28th September 2018

Feeling tired and over-extended has become a culturally normal state of being.  Busyness and a life of running from meeting to meeting, long to-do lists and a full-diary is not only acceptable, in some cases, celebrated. I’m not against hard-word. God wants us to work hard, but He wants us to work hard on the right things.  

In the words of Louie Giglio, ‘Whenever you say yes to something, there is less of you for something else. Make sure your YES is worth the less.’ 

If there are areas of your life that are dysfunctional, then perhaps it is time to reset your order of priorities. If your relationships are suffering, if your health is suffering, if your relationship with God is suffering, then your system is malfunctioning and crying out for a reorder.

Questions I’m learning to ask myself often are:

Are there boundaries around that which is really the most important? Things like rest for my soul, time with God, my husband, and loving people –these priorities must be protected, even from seemingly good things. I must be intentional to not let things intrude, or even sneak, into the precious space that these things need.

Where does God want my priorities? Scripture says, ‘Seek first the kingdom, and everything else will be added’ (Matthew 6:33). In other words, before anything else, prioritise that which is important to God. To figure out what is important to Him, you need to HEAR what HE (not people) sees as important. Make time to listen to Him.

There is a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Develop a sharp awareness and discernment of the season you are in. What is God asking you to focus on now? The voice of God should be the most outstanding voice in your life, even when your choices look foolish to some, live for the one voice that matters – God’s! There are seasons for rest, and there are season for hard work. There are seasons to invest into some things and then seasons pull back on other things. Learn the winds of your life, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in how you steer and control the boat. Part of being a powerful person/Christian, is the ability to manage your life, not let life manage you!

In the words of Isaiah 2:22, ‘Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?’ – in other words, the opinions of man will die and fade, but the ways of God have eternal ramifications. So my next question is: is what you’re focusing on now going to matter in light of eternity, or like the opinion of man, just fade and count for nothing?

Galatians 1:10, ‘For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ’.

Ask God today to give you the wisdom and the courage to reorder, and restructure your life!

Emma Burchell

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