I have been on a writing hiatus, well kinda sorta. I have still been journaling and writing for personal reflection, but I had to step away from some things. I was beginning to feel restless, unfocused and well…distracted.
Have you ever felt like that?
Bogged down by so many tasks and things to do that you don’t seem to even have time to scratch your head or take a deep breath?
Where it feels like everything seems to be vying for your attention all at once and you just don’t know where or how to begin?
These could very well be good things too, but you just don’t really have the time to fit it all in with the 86,400 seconds you have every day.
As you can imagine, it starts to wear on you and that never-ending task list seems to just keep getting longer and longer with no signs of letting up.
In the society we live in, it seems to me that doing is often much more celebrated than being. There is a lie being told that the more you do, the more accomplished you should feel and the more productive and even successful you will be.
Don’t believe the lie. As my coach professor used to always say, “Ministry flows out of being.”
As I have been on this journey called life and in this season of waiting, the importance of becoming and being continues to make its way to the top of my list as a matter of priority. Our world is so inundated and overly obsessed with doing. We want to hear what someone is up to, how much money he/she is making, what status level he/she has achieved, how fast he/she is moving up the career ladder, what degree or certification he/she is working toward and the list goes on and on. We are the busiest, richest, most educated group of people these days. Very rarely, however, do you hear someone talking about how more grateful they have become nor do you hear someone praying to become/be more loving, forgiving, gracious or humble.
Have we sacrificed who we are becoming in this season of waiting and elevated doing as more important?
Don’t get me wrong. I am pro getting more education. I believe in pursuing your desired career path, your passions, purpose and doing things that are productive. Yet, as we are in this process of doing and serving others, we must place a higher priority on the person who we are becoming. Only then will we be more effective at doing and serving. Likewise, to the degree that we place more focus on the process of becoming, it will determine what we do and how we serve. I believe this will also affect how distracted we are or allow ourselves to become. It will also determine how much time we spend doing things we were never supposed to be doing.
Perhaps you have come to a crossroads or juncture in your life and realized you have been wasting a lot of time being distracted by or chasing after things, people or relationships, pursuing degrees and/or accepting tasks, roles and responsibilities for things that really do not fit your true design or makeup.
You may be tired, seemingly overwhelmed and burned out, or find yourself overly frustrated by things that you were never called to be doing, even in this season of waiting. Just maybe, like me, you were so caught up in the doing that you missed the whole opportunity of being and becoming. Well my dear sister, I have good news! While there are many others like us out there today who may have believed that lie, there is a solution.
I hope you will come back tomorrow to find out more about this solution.You will meet some of the people who had these same struggles, over 2000 years ago. One of them simply learned and understood the beauty of being and becoming first by simply sitting at the feet of Jesus.
For now, just ask yourself:
Who am I becoming right now in this season of waiting? What tasks have I been doing or picked up that may not be what God has desired for me?
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