What are you looking at?

September 18, 2018

Today, I noticed that I could spend my time think­ing about what I can’t get done because I’m too busy or I can spend my time think­ing about what I have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to do right now. I have exact­ly 21 min­utes before I have to teach my son school.

Often when I have that short of a peri­od of time, I’m so focused on how it’s not enough time to get the thing done that I spend the whole time in an inef­fec­tive, use­less way. I con­vince myself that I need more time than what I have right now.

Joseph plug­ging away at Math

Of course, when I’m excit­ed and inspired about the mes­sage that I have to share, it often means that it only takes just a few min­utes. If I wait until anoth­er time when I’m not as inspired it will take three times longer to drag an idea out of my head.

So in this moment, I’m real­ly excit­ed about what I can do in this moment and take that step for­ward. I don’t need to wor­ry so much about how am I going to fit all the oth­er moments in today.

Joseph: “I don’t know how to do it all, but I do know how to do this!”

How am I going to make every­thing hap­pen?
That doesn’t real­ly mat­ter.
It just mat­ters what I know I need to do right now.

Right now.

I have ideas about lat­er:
I’ll be read with my son, I’ll have coach­ing stuff this after­noon, then this evening, I’ll work while the kids are at their youth group. But regard­less of what it is, in the moment, I just get to focus on what I need to do right away.

The key for that to be effec­tive is not to give into dis­cour­ag­ing thoughts or wor­ry­ing about things that I don’t have the answers to.

I was tempt­ed this morn­ing to let wor­ry bring me down. We’ve been wait­ing for a long time to hear whether or not we’re gonna get a job. We keep get­ting either con­tin­u­al inter­views for jobs that won’t pay enough or noth­ing.

Now, for the first time, we have a pos­si­bil­i­ty. We have a real pos­si­bil­i­ty that two employ­ers are going to say, Yes, we want to hire you.

Me: “Rachel, look wor­ried!” 

Sud­den­ly we’ll be in a sit­u­a­tion where if he real­ly wants one job, he’s got to stall the oth­er to see if he actu­al­ly gets the the one com­ing at a lat­er date.

It’s the per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ty for me to decide that all of a sud­den, now I have some­thing to wor­ry about!

I quit wor­ry­ing about not get­ting a job, but now that he’s pos­si­bly going to be offered two, sud­den­ly I act like God can’t take care of orches­trat­ing the tim­ing between both of those.

What!?! That’s ridicu­lous!
He’s kept us up until now.
He’s met our needs.

He’s still meet­ing our needs.
The idea that he’s not going to meet this need of work­ing out the details between the pos­si­bil­i­ty of two offers is sil­ly.

It’s real­ly sil­ly.

It’s real­ly jump­ing back into doubt, and fear and wor­ry.

There­fore, I just get to release that to God, and get back to doing the next thing that I know to do.

That’s how we step in faith. It is just one step after the oth­er. The results are up to God.

It’s a lot more joy­ous to real­ize that he has it all under con­trol.

Justin, thrilled that his plan worked!

He has every­thing tak­en care of.

I can trust him.

I can believe that he’s going to work out the details that I have thought about, and the details that I haven’t even thought about yet.

Isn’t that the thing that we get the most freaked out about?

Some­times we are like,
“Wait, I didn’t think about this!”

Then we start to wor­ry about it, because we think since we haven’t been con­sid­er­ing that pos­si­bil­i­ty, now it’s going to take us down.
As if our think­ing of it could actu­al­ly have solved the prob­lem ever in the first place, or met the need in the first place.

Jef­fer­son think­ing hard about his Log­ic

That’s ridicu­lous whether we thought of it or not God still in con­trol. He doesn’t need our brains to think of any­thing for him to keep the world under con­trol!

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