Posted by: mikenicholsblog | October 5, 2009

slow the journey down!

Life tends to move at a fast pace for most people.  Too much work, too little down time, too many activities and a sense that there has to be a better way to find the joy of living.  For those of us who have a made a decision to follow Christ, there tends to be a subtle frustration associated with not having the balance we believe the Lord has for us.  We live with great intentions, yet miss the Father’s best because of an unwillingness to adjust our lives to a pattern that redirects control from our design to His.  Even our church lives can add to the “too much” syndrome, and be a part of pulling us away from His best.

As I write this post, I must confess that I have not mastered living with the balance I know the Father has for me. Just last week, I pushed too hard, had too many early flights, and generally stretched the limits of my time and energy.  Some byproducts were, a lost a cell phone (you must be weary of cell phone stories) and a bit of sleep deprivation. And while I could be proud of what I accomplished with this type A mentality, I am convicted that the Father will use me (and you) in a far more effective way if we move more on His agenda.

As you move through this new week, almost everything that confronts you will war against the balance that is available through submitting to God, and his Spirit. A bit of strategic planning will help all of us move in the right direction. First, there must be a value that says, “the Father can get more glory if I move on his agenda. Without this, we will continue to move according our own game plan.  Which, for most of us, is too fast, too stressed, and not all that enjoyable.  It may be a good excuse that our jobs, and responsibilities demand that we live out of balance, but the excuse just covers our selfishness. The next step is to attack the struggle with the Word of God. By a choice of the will, decide with me that the best way to redirect is to accept the counsel of God’s Word, and commit to applying it.  Many of you, like me, have been on the journey with Christ for a long time.  But there are still areas of growth for us to achieve.  My personal irritations this week caused me to reflect on the changes that I need to make.  Many people reading this article will agree that some changes are needed in their own lives. Look at what Proverbs tells us.

Proverbs 4:5-9
5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or
swerve from them.  6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will
protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.  7 Wisdom is
supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have,
get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you;  8 Embrace
her and she will honor you.  9 She will set a garland of grace
on your head and present you with a crown of splendor.

Look at the priority of wisdom. Let there be no doubt that the wisdom of the Father is available to anyone who has accepted the gift of salvation.  So as you look at these verses and meditate on them, begin to ask for what you know is available (WISDOM). My experience is that godly wisdom typically slows us down, causes us to focus more on the needs of others, prompts us to patience, and creates true balance. The result … those in our lives will see a better picture of the Father’s design for living.  Journey with me this week, seeking wisdom.

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Responses

  1. I’m subscribed 🙂 If I’m off this Sunday, I’ll see you at church.


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