Updated: Jan 26
Have you ever been going through your day and suddenly realize you are thinking of the same topic/task over and over? Perhaps thinking, “I have not heard from Mark in so long, I should call and see if he is okay.” Next thing you know you are stopping and calling Mark and flustered when you cannot reach him. Or perhaps thinking - Did I pay the electric bill? Did I unplug that iron? Did the pet get fed?
Do you have projects in various stages of completion around your home? I have had times where I started folding towels, realized I needed to start dinner, and then remembered I needed to pick up one of the kids at school from an activity. Then I wondered where the time went.
Have you been working on a task that requires a lot of concentration then realize you are not focused on that task? Instead all manner of must dos are popping into mind. Each must do is important, so it stops the momentum you had in what you were doing because this must do demands to be taken care of. Then you wonder where the time got to and why the original task was not finished, feeling perhaps a bit less than, maybe beating yourself up over the deadline lapsing.
I have heard this called self-sabotage, stinking thinking, poor time management or being distracted.
Could it in reality, be not honoring God with our time? If we believe time is a gift from God we should be seeking to use it wisely. To use all our soul, mind and strength to show our love for God. The Bible gives us a heads up about this.
"We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5 NLT
Wait, could these MUST dos be keeping me from being mindful of my time?
Are they distracting me from what God wants me to do?
"Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve." Colossians 3:23-24 AMP
Lord, thank you for your love and for the love you have for the reader of this devotional. Help us to take our thoughts captive. To remember that we do all things as if we are doing them for you. Help us to be focused, intending to persevere in the task you lay before us. Teach us to make a list of those interruptions to be dealt with at a later time if they are truly MUST dos. Teach us to count the cost and be wise with the gifts and talents you have bestowed upon us.
Thank you Lord for loving and guiding us through this season of COVID helping us to remember to rely on You. We pray in Jesus name.