I am famous for looking around at my house where the laundry is piling up, the dishwasher is full and the counter is overflowing with more dirty dishes ready to go in, and piles of dog hair blowing around like debris in the desert like in some old Country movie, feeling as though my blood pressure just exploded and my brain went on overload.
I look at my desk which was clean yesterday and is now overflowing with post it notes, new mail that has come in and writing goals that I am behind on. It causes me to be tempted to go put my head under a blanket somewhere.
I feel like I am drowning and sticking my head up every now and again for air.
I feel stuck. I feel defeated in every way.
My eyes, heart, and mind go to all I have not done that day or that week.
In my discouragement I go to the Lord and pour out my heart.
He encourages me to look at the big picture. He prods my heart by His Holy Spirit to look at the whole day.
It was a day that my husband left the house later in the morning and I spent time with him.
It was a week where there were meetings, youth group, broken up days, and ministry going on.
As I looked at it all I felt my heart encouraged. There was fruitfulness.
The things I see in front of me, remind me, that my priorities are and need to be eternal daily.
Does the laundry need to be done? Do the dishes need to be washed? Does my desk need to be organized and cleaned up?
The answer is yes to all of these.
God showed me that I need to Live For Today and List For Tomorrow.
This means that when my husband stays later in the morning that I drop my plans for God’s plans. We don’t always get time together and that time is a gift. I need to receive it as that and let other things go.
When my children want to share something with me, I need to take the moment, stop doing and just be with them and truly hear what they are saying. I will these precious times when they are few and far between.
When someone texts and needs prayer or if someone is hurting and needs a hug, I need to be there.
When someone wants to grow in the Lord and needs guidance, I need to take the time.
At the end of the day I need to know I lived for today in the eternal and everything I did not accomplish needs to go on a list for tomorrow.
As I write it on a list, it needs to come out of my mind and released to the Lord.
I treasure how God answers me when I lay this imperfect, too often easily stressed out heart before Him. I want to live in the eternal and do what God has called me to today, trusting that the list for tomorrow will get done eventually.
Are you Living For Today in the eternal?
I encourage you to lay down your own heart before the Lord and ask Him to search it and reveal it to you.
May this New Year be filled with treasures stored up in Heaven in your life and in mine!
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.