What Shall It Be?

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What does a person need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, the dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life? ”

― Sterling Hayden

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STOP

At the non-profit (Cross International) where I work, we do daily devotions to start off each work day.  I thought I would share my most recent devotion given at work.  It is entitled “STOP”.  I showed the wonderful Overwhelmed video by Jennie Allen and then spoke from my heart about what God has been doing in my life.  There are so many of us spinning our wheels in the business of life so I hope this can touch your life in some way.  Enjoy!

How much is enough? How much is too much? Society tells us that in order to be deemed successful, the more you have on your plate the better.  We see depictions online or in other media of (in my case) the “superwoman”. You know what I’m referring to. That woman who is the perfect mother, has the perfect children, a clean home, holds down a high level job, volunteers at their kids’ school and does charity work.

These views are very deceiving.  You are only seeing the highlights of their life.  You’re not seeing the down and dirty mess behind the scenes.

About a year ago, God told me to simply STOP. Yes, just stop. Stop seeking additional responsibility, volunteering, leading groups, etc. Stop. That simple four letter word can be a terribly difficult thing to put into action. But, I did it. Don’t get me wrong, there was a good bit of twitching and anxiousness involved, but I did it. So, I stopped.  Guess what happened as a result?  I was a much happier, level and content person.

It’s ok to build margin in your life.  Every minute does not have to be planned. If every minute of your life is planned, you leave no room for God to speak; you leave no room for God to work in your life. But, if you do in fact build margin then, you build room to hear God’s still small voice.