Sometimes as a recovering procrastinator, I hold onto an idea that I’m convinced is the best or only way to do something. I was convinced I had to work a long day – which threw our household into late dinner, late bedtime, late get ups or less sleep, etc. I resisted letting go the very thing that caused me problems.
I remind myself of the story told about a captured monkey. The monkey finds a jar and discovers it contains a few nuts. Eager to have them, he sticks his hand in the jar and grasps the nuts. With his hand in a fist, he is unable to withdraw it through the jar opening. He twists, turns, and pounds to no avail. He could easily slip his hand out if he were willing to let go of the nuts. Instead, he is captive to what he will not release.
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6, Proverbs 3:34.
Often it is pride that makes us cling to what we want – even a way of doing things. We “scorn” a change – reject or dismiss an idea as unworthy. “That will never work at my house.” Take the idea to the Lord. He might inspire a variation of that suggestion that works beautifully for you.
If I’m humble to try ideas other than my own, I can often facilitate diligence. I can make life easier for me and others and benefit from change. I can maintain connection to Jesus the Vine and promote godly fruit.
What “nuts” can you let go of to facilitate blessing?
- Facilitate smoother mornings by making lunches the night before
- Facilitate having children in your home by filling a basket of toys to pull out for young visitors
- Facilitate a less pressured Christmas by determining financial boundaries and shopping early
- Facilitate a calmer meal by making sure everything is on the table before sitting down
I joyfully report that eating dinner at 6:30 has facilitated an earlier bedtime at our house and an easier get up the next morning. Work time is more productive. Thank you, husband, for your request! Thank you, ladies, for praying me out of resistance to that change!
My next thing to facilitate is accessibility to papers regarding events and projects in our life. We need ONE place to go for invitations, forms, info sheets. Nothing fancy. I’ll call it “Current Ops” for current operations. Ideas?
What task or process would you like to make easier? Sisters, share your suggestions!