I admit that I so wish I could be like the gal in the picture above. Content, with a serene face while accomplishing everything that needs done. She looks so happy and productive, doesn’t she? The problem is, this gal doesn’t exist. For real! I wouldn’t lie to you! Why do you think it’s a cartoon and not a real model?
After reading this chapter I recognized that I am an Accomplisher. I’m the gal with the “things to do” list written on my dry erase board in the kitchen. I write the day’s “to do” list all in one pretty color and erase each item as it is accomplished. Sounds so simple. The stress comes in when my dry erase “to do” list becomes rainbow colored. That means that there are several days items that didn’t get done…. and they scream at me. I begin to stress out over the things that need done today and the things that needed done yesterday that have to be done RIGHT NOW so that I can do what needs to be done today. The next thing I know a simple three letter word (MOP) has become the bane of my existence as it mocks me in its pretty pink letters amidst a purple list reminding me of how I have failed. “If the devil can’t hinder our relationship with God by making us immoral, he’ll simply make us busy.” Some days I am so busy being busy that I miss point. God never intended for us to spend our days busy.
God didn’t send Jesus here so that we could spend our lives being busy little adrenaline junkies. Jesus came to give us peace (see John 14:27 and John 16:33 for starters). If we aren’t experiencing that peace then it truly is time for us to make some changes in our lives. Tracie Miles wrote, “Each day when we get out of bed, we have a choice to make about where our strength will come from to face the day ahead. Will we rely on ourselves or will we rely on God?” I don’t know about you, but trying to do this myself, trying to check off enough items so that I feel like I have accomplished something rather than asking God what He wants me to accomplish, just isn’t working. And I bet it isn’t working for you either, or you wouldn’t be sitting there reading this post. So I want to challenge you to consciously decide every morning before your feet hit the floor that today you will rely on God.
Don’t worry about tomorrow, or the deadline you have in a week, or the doctor’s appointment next month. TODAY you will rely on God to accomplish what needs to be done. Ask Him to guide you in choosing those tasks. Everything else can wait. And when we truly begin to rely on Him, and listen to Him, we will learn to live without being busy little adrenaline junkies. We will find peace. Won’t that be wonderful! Are you ready to be a reformed adrenaline junkie?
Blessings from a reforming adrenaline junkie,
P31 OBS Teaching Team member
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