Posted by: mikenicholsblog | February 20, 2012

too self-directed

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, we are often confronted with a subtle frustration associated with not living life from our Lord’s perspective (and we can). We live with great intentions, but our pace and energy is too self-directed. Living from His perspective will change our priorities, and slow our pace. As you and I begin this week, will our responsibilities and pace be balanced with eternal perspectives and timeless counsel from the Father himself? They can be!

As I write this post, I must confess that I have not mastered living with the balance I know the Father has for me. For the last two weeks, I have pushed too hard, had too many airline flights, and generally stretched the limits of my time and energy. In chatting with a friend late last week who was a bit worn, I was reminded that being stretched and weary is more the norm than the exception. My assumption is that you can probably relate to pace and responsibilities that crowd out the joy of God’s design for us. And while we could all be proud of what we accomplish with type-A living, I am convinced and convicted that the Father can use us in a far greater way when we live more by His agenda.

As you and I move through this week, almost everything that confronts us will war against living from the Father’s perspective. Strategic planning will help all of us move in the right direction. First, there must be a value that says, “the Father can receive more glory if I live from His agenda.” Without this value we will continue to move according to our own pace. 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 our will, we can slow down, glean His eternal perspectives, and re-direct our pace. This can happen when we make Him our priority, instead of always fitting His timeless counsel around our priorities. The last two weeks have reminded me that I have not arrived, but yesterday did end for me at midnight (and you too). His wisdom for the today’s journey is available.

Proverbs 4:5-8 (NLT)
Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you.

God’s Word through Solomon gives us timeless counsel. The Father’s perspective (wisdom) works! Let there be no doubt that wisdom from the Father is available to anyone who has accepted the gift of salvation. Your schedule this week may even be more chaotic than normal, but your internal pace can be directed by His 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 results in joy not frustration. Start this week determined as I am to move from His perspective…..with widom!

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