When I stop trying to get things done I actually get quite a bit accomplished
God has so much more for us than just getting our goals met and checking things off our todo list.
Just when I thought I avoided getting anything done today I finished a task I’ve been avoiding. I spent all morning setting up the FB page for my blog posts. I had pretty much sworn off social media. But today, I hurled myself headlong into the fray.
So, here’s where this all started. I’ve been kind of crabbing lately about not being able to find certain ministry related stuff online. I was looking for certain ministries I know are out there. I haven’t connected in a few years but I know they are still out there. Current logic dictates they must be on Instagram, Twitter or at least FB. I searched high. I searched low. And nothing I mean nothing!
It took me over an hour. Umpteen pages into Gooooooooooooooogle I finally found something. It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for but it was enough. That’s when it hit me. I’ve been avoiding putting my website/blog on social media for multiple reasons. Mostly because I don’t have the time to monitor comments in real time. I’ve have a number of excuses, none of which hold up against my current frustration. I was so irritated with NOT being able to locate something I KNOW is out there, it got me thinking about how difficult it is to find my site unless you already know the web address.
The g word- that’s with a little g
It hasn’t been easy getting the old grey cells to stay awake long enough to finish a blog post much less do all the research and data collecting for the book I’m working on. Here’s my problem. Rather than working in the flow of the Spirit I can get distracted by looking at my goal of trying accomplishing the two behemoth projects on my desk.
I’ve been blogging for about a year now. In that time, I’ve developed two blogs and am working on a website which will ultimately be the main storehouse for my teachings. My 2020 goal is to have the site well stocked by the end of the year. Yeah, I know, I said the g word. Goals aren’t a bad thing. They just can’t be the only priority we have, even when those goals are to serve Christ and the church.
I find, when I get focused on achieving my goal, it has the power to consume my thoughts. My God time suffers. When meeting the goal is my priority I spend less time with Jesus and more time trying to reach my goal. Meeting the goal becomes the prize rather than Jesus being my reward.
Proverbs 16:9 NKJV A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
It came together as I spent time with Jesus
In 2019, I got two blogs up and running and three books written. I got it done despite the fact that I spend my mornings lingering fellowship with my Messiah, and Beloved. When I focus on Jesus, instead of focusing on the projects, the projects somehow get done. God has so much more for me than getting my todo list accomplished. That doesn’t mean I don’t work. I work hard. I put a lot of hours into writing blogs and working on teachings. When I spend time in fellowship, working on my relationship with Jesus instead of just working myself like a slave I find that I have tons of time to actually get the things done that needs to get done.
Matthew 6:34 MSG “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
If we want to connect with God it is always in today. God lives in the eternal NOW. Now is the day of salvation.
Apostle Paul wrote: for He says, “AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION “–
2 Corinthians 6:2 NASB
A lesson from an ol’ cowbarn preacher.
I’ll never forget a powerful message I heard years ago, on living in 24 hour victory. A beloved preacher, who has gone on to be with the Lord, was Henry Vanderbush. Henry preached/lived the message of Christ. Henry referred to Jesus as the Universal Banker, Universal Healer and the Undefeated General. Henry’s messages were simple but powerful. That one message anchored my spiritual life when I was newly baptized in the Holy Spirit. I have lived the last forty years out of that one message. I am grateful to the cowbarn preacher from Minnesota.
When I get caught up in my ToDo list I recall Henry’s message of focusing on Jesus and staying in today. I hear the words of the cowbarn preacher in my head. When we live in the worry of tomorrow or the memory of yesterday we are living outside of God time. Jesus meets us today.
I don’t know how many of Henry’s messages are archived but I found this one. It is a replay from his old radio program Faith Mountain Ministries.
Click here to listen to an archived message posted on VanderbushMinistries.com. Henry and Bill Vanderbush collaborate to share the practical perspective on a powerful revelation of our union with God and the source of our life.
Henry Vanderbush Worth the listen! God has so much for you.