"But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about! (Romans 13:1-14 MSG)"
This verse has been running around in my head the last week or so. I've been feeling a big tug on my heart to share my own struggle with my sleepy-eyed existence. The first thing that hit me was this: "don't get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day to day obligations that you lose track of time and doze off, oblivious to God." Don't know if you're like me, but I can get carried away with all the things I HAVE to do, the things people NEED me to do, and before I know it, I've spent most of my days just taking care of other peoples business, or doing "stuff" that never really mattered. I find that I've so focused on inconsequential things that I no longer have a beat on what God is doing around me.
When I'm not running around taking care of everyone else, I somewhere got the idea that I should "take it easy" and have a little "me time." Oddly enough, I end up spending that time doing anything BUT taking care of me. I end up wasting time, and eating away at myself by doing things that drain me, not fill me. This verse says,"we must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence.... " Umm... hello, Facebook. Online Shopping (ahem, ahem!). Celebri-ssip articles (let's be honest, do you REALLY need to know what Jennifer Lopez's kids had for lunch??). These things are all "frivolous" and "indulgent" compared to what I know in my heart God would have me focusing on. It's easy to get distracted by things that seem fun at the moment, because I know that what I could (and most arguably NEED) to be doing takes effort and hard work. The kind of "taking care of me" that I really NEED to do is being filled, refreshed, and excited by things that won't fade off in an hour... noticing what God is doing in and around me, and JOINING Him.
God's not asking me to asking me solve all the worlds problems, He's asking me to look at where I ALREADY AM, and NOTICE. It's easy to get tired of our everyday lives and check out. God wants me to wake up to what's going on around me... to pay careful attention to my OWN WORK, my OWN FAMILY, my OWN DREAMS. He wants me to stop getting distracted from my true purpose... to focus on what I can uniquely impact!
I'm not talking about "doing me" as everyone says, I'm talking about getting the LIFE GIVING energy boost that comes from knowing and exploring my purpose through Jesus! In order to be truly awake, I need to make space in my life for GOD to do it! God's ways to wake yourself up are simple. When I'm drained, reach for my Bible. When I'm feeling bored, look around, and see all the places where God could use me and get dreaming... or even better yet, MOVING.
Today my challenge for myself is to "dress myself in christ" and be "up and about!" I want to be proud of the life I lived, because it was bigger than the everyday. I want to live a life AWAKE! Today's simple action: Ask God to speak, open my eyes, and redirect me to where He's already moving so I can join Him.
I hope you'll join me!