Do you think, former procrastinators, that the Holy Spirit runs frantically from chore to chore? Forgets what He meant to do because He gets distracted by another task? Wonders if He can get everything in? Feels overwhelmed? Is frustrated because something gets left out?
Too often these things describe me. You too? But the Lord’s Holy Spirit is not like that. If I’m dashing about falling over myself, I have left His Spirit walking without me – walking calmly and with purpose, joy, peace. Does He shake His head in wonder at me?
Usually I act like that because I have too much to do or I delayed. Did the Holy Spirit direct me to overload? Or to put off what needs doing? No. Often, I’d say the Holy Spirit moves at a slower pace than I tend to. He can do that because He knows what matters most and isn’t pressed to cram in more.
I need to do less. Then I can sloooow down. Think. Notice. Feel. Give full attention. Ponder. At His pace.
Walking with the Spirit requires discerning what matters most and sticking with those few things.
Let’s stop thinking we can get it all done – or should. Ask the Holy Spirit for discernment. What is essential? These are our priorities. When we narrow our focus to the essentials, we make greater progress on what counts.
Working harder or faster is counterproductive. It adds stress and confusion and takes us away from what counts most.
If you feel like your life is not counting because your contribution is diapers and tacos at home, take heart. My friend Ana says, “Life happens in the mundane. Daily things comprise the importance of life. Family is the most important community we have. Invest deeply there. These are the people God has created to be your inner circle.”
If you’re stuck in a “meaningless” job, ask for the Lord’s perspective. If you are there, He is there. There’s a reason.
There’s a difference in productivity and fruitfulness. God chose us for fruit that lasts – not the longest do list. Focus on the essential things brings lasting fruit.
What are two of your essentials? How can you slow down to focus on them?