All through Scripture we see Jesus’ example of setting the pace.
He is never in a hurry. He never allows others to rush Him. Instead, He makes time for all that He feels called to—often to the frustration of His followers.
The pace of the kingdom of this world is one of hurry, busyness, and exhaustion.
The pace of the Kingdom of Heaven is patient, restful, and life-giving.
The world wants immediate results that dissolve quickly to keep you searching for a deep soul satisfaction that only Jesus can give. ( Taken from day 3 of the @YouVersion Plan “Breaking The Silence [Magenta].” Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/mV)
Perhaps we associate satisfaction with timing. Getting the most done or accomplished in whatever time frame we are giving; however, when we follow Jesus’ example we see that for Him every moment counted but He took each moment as it came along, savoring even the smallest things and counting the least of these as presious.
Christ often took time to stop in order to not over look children, the widows, a woman at the well, a sinner up in a tree, the funeral of a friend, a troubled father, those who loved Him as well as those who hated Him.
This post is about two things really, finding satification and timing.
Like a long distance runner or swimmer we must all pace ourselves. Not rushing things in order to finally rest.
If we hurry along through life we miss the little things that will satisfy us more than the larger things that will never outlast all the tiny treasures and gems along our journey before, during and after the much larger events.
So I never lose sight of God’s love, But keep in step with the Creator, never missing a beat.
The company we keep helps or hurts us too. Sometimes the people we associate with have a great influence so, I don’t hang out with tricksters, I don’t pal around with thugs; I hate that pack of gangsters, I don’t deal with double-dealers. (Psalm 26:3-5 MSG)
God helps us be aware of His unfailing love, and beware of people who take joy in stealing our joy (misery loves company).
Better to be alone and truly content than with a large group or crowd full of contempt.
Have you been running and fighting the good fight for a while now? …“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?” Jesus says, “Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29 NLT
Are you getting caught up in the black Friday sales and some how lost sight of good Friday because that is a completely different season? We are blsted by deals & offers we can not refuse and yet what have we gained if we gain the whole world but our focus leads us away from seeking God’s soul satisfying salvation, redemption and transformation?
Often you can follow where your focus is by looking at reciepts, bank statments and your check book or simply how much time you have “spent” on something.
Jesus said, Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 NLT
I ask myself, am I planning my lunch during breakfast and my dinner during lunch? Am I fasting from breakfast and lunch just in order to have a big feast for dinner? Am I more interested in what feeds my stomach than what satisfies my soul & spiritual appetite? I remembered stating to others, “I want to be Spiritually overweight!”
Especially during this time of year I ask and challenge myself with the question, “Does my life revolve around what is given to me or what I give?” As I get older I notice that people and places mean more to me than perks.
The thought occured to me that the holidays are not always a holiday or break from activities. Sometimes we are more busy during the holidays than we are on an average work day. Am I right?
Now that I am disabled I am able to see things a lot differently. I desire to get out and do things or even do things in our own home but I am greatly hindered. Somethings I just can’t do much but that should not make life any less satisfying. Somethings take me a lot longer to do but that makes accomplishing them all the more satisfying. Somethings are not going to get done but that doesn’t mean nothing was accomplished. Now things have really been shoved into reverse. Making it through a single day without doing too much is a blessing.
Going back to the initial subject, there is nothing specifically wrong with spending well earned money, eating well and being busy accomplishing many things. The thing is, for me, I hear the Lord saying to my heart, “Are you remembering who has given you all these ‘things’ (Time, Money & provisions)?”
Each breath is a gift and someday you’ll run out, everyone does. Rather than trying to “accomplish” more by squeezing every second out of 24 hours realize that there are only 24 hours in a day and 8 of those hours you shoukd be sleeping. The workaholic and party animal in me shouts back, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” The real Lord of my life (The Holy Spirit) says softly, “You’ll be dead if you don’t take time to sleep.”
The holidays (when we final stop to carve the turkey, open gifts) also allows us an opportunity to pause or even stop to show our appreciation to each other & our Creator & provider. If we are not mindful the holidays can turn into a time of bitteness, disappointment, depression and distress…the furthest things from satisfaction.
I pray with the Psalmist,
“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. Psalms 63:1-5 NLT
The satisfaction we seek will never be satisfied by how much time we are given, how many holidays we celebrate, the money we gain or spend, how much good cooking we enjoy doing or eating. True satisfaction can only come from our Creator, our knowledge, acceptance & appreciation to Him.
May you also find true satisfaction in the time you are given, not just during the holidays and/or vacation but in your every day life.
Don’t stop the music, play it year around.