I love to travel (what time do we leave?) and I wonder about a lot of things (now, how…?). That’s why I love the quote by J.R.R. Tolkien, “All those who wander are not lost.” These short posts will focus on wanderings, wonderings and the wonderful truths the Lord reveals during both.
I recently attended a Christian writer’s conference (see: Explosive Transformation). After it had ended, I drove five hours to stay overnight with relatives. It provided a nice break in travel with the blessing of a visit, albeit a brief one. The drive gave me lots of time to think and to pray.
I’ve often wondered how people such as Rush Limbaugh, Todd Starnes, and MLB play-by-play announcers, e.g. have time for anything other than their career tasks. These folks permeate the airwaves up to three hours at a time, but the preparation must take hours and hours.
Sitting down to write for four or more hours is one thing, but at my formative stage as an author, I am spending hours on social media/website planning/branding/newsletters/blog posts, etc. I was concerned about how writing and all it entails can turn into busyness. All of the above is important and speaks volumes to the agents and publishers I’d like to associate with, but if I don’t keep God at the center, my busyness will turn to the disobedience of distraction.
As I settled into my comfy guest bed at Uncle Bob’s, I prayed.
Lord, how can I do this and still have my precious time with You? How can I avoid the busyness of all of this and yet remain kingdom-minded?
I love it when the Lord answers a prayer immediately. The Holy Spirit brought a favorite passage to mind, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV)
God’s Word tells me to do my work with all my heart. Here’s the key, it’s for the Lord. And what will I attain? A reward! All because I am serving the Lord Jesus.
I get it, Lord.
I’ve always loved this passage, and even though I thought I fully understood it, it became even more relevant for me as God showed me its application. Working hard is not a bad thing as long as I am working hard for Him, not for me.
He gave me quite the release with that passage. And just to keep me on my toes, I felt He added, “Hang on, dear child; here we go.” Oh, my, what a ride.
How can you consciously honor God while doing today’s tasks?
I’d love to hear how God spoke to you through this. Comments are more than welcome.