Busy. Busy. Busy!
That has been me for the past several weeks. It has been one project after another, with no real breaks in-between. As I have frantically tried to catch up on work, earn enough revenue for newfound expenses, and tend to my marriage, life has been a whirlwind of activity. There have been times I have had to power through my day working from the moment I woke up until I went to sleep, and others where I have been so frantic I have been completely unproductive. I’ve caught myself being worried about finances, worried about finishing my book, and worried about finishing a client’s project on time.
Busy. Worried. Frantic. Tired. Repeat.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? Have you ever felt the same way?
Throughout my recent frenzy I would pray, and try to spend time with God, but would soon find myself back in the same state of mind. It was then that God whispered to me “Your stretched too thin. Finish what I gave you to do, everything else will work itself out.”
Now I knew I was stretched too thin, but felt like there was nothing I could do about it. All I could focus on was the new pile of bills I had, the deadlines, and the time constraint I felt throughout my day. I thought that I could handle it all but God was letting me know that I was spreading out my time and energy to things that he didn’t ask me to do. It wasn’t that I couldn’t handle it, it’s that God wanted me to FOCUS on the work HE had given me, instead of me focusing on the additional work I had given myself to do in hopes that I could improve my own situation a bit.
He then led me to a scripture to solidify that the answer to all my problems was finishing the task that HE had given me. Not the deadlines, not the bills, not the lack of time I felt. The answer to the stress I was feeling was in the task HE had given me to do. Not the self imposed tasks that I thought would be helpful.
Let’s take a look at the scripture he gave me in 1 Corinthians 9:13-14 (AMP)
13 Do you not know that those who officiate in the sacred services of the temple eat from the temple [offerings of meat and bread] and those who regularly attend the altar have their share from the [offerings brought to the] altar? 14 So also [on the same principle] the Lord directed those who preach the gospel to get their living from the gospel.
To paraphrase a bit here Paul is saying to the church in Corinth that what you give yourself to will eventually give itself to you. Meaning if I work in a specific area and dedicate my time, blood, sweat, and tears to it, eventually I will receive the benefits of it. For example, if I give my time to studying in school, my grades are the rewards from that. If we notice Paul also was very specific about who got what from where. The temple workers got their benefits from the temple, the altar workers received theirs from the alter, and those that preached the gospel received from the gospel. Now I am aware that there are times in life you put your energy into one specific area but benefit in another area. That’s not what we are discussing today though. This is more specific in operating in the task that God has given us to do.
So here are 4 key things to help you finish the task God has given you to do!
1) Be clear on your task- We can’t go through life just winging it. Although there will be moments like that, we shouldn’t get comfortable in that space. Consult with God to be clear on the work that he wants you to do at this time. Everything else flows from this, so be certain you are clear on what it is that God is asking you to do!
2) You must STAY focused- Once you know your task, stick to that baby like white on rice! You can’t put it down, and pick it up when you feel like it. Being focused means that even when you don’t feel like doing it in the moment, you know that if God said to do it ultimately it will be worth it! Distractions will come and go but if you are consistent you will be able to overcome them. Of course we will have to tend to other things like family life, work, etc. God’s task for you should always be a priority even with the other “everyday” tasks that we have. If you are having a hard time with this create a schedule where there is time for both! God doesn’t expect us to stop being responsible, but he does expect his task for you to be a priority!
3) Communicate with God- If things feel like they aren’t moving, or you’re just having a hard time doing the work God has given you, speak to him! Let him know how you feel and that you need some help, or motivation. Often times we think we can’t speak to God because he will be angry with us for struggling, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! He wants us to communicate with him so that he can strengthen us, or meet any other need that we have!
4) Your provision is in your task- God knows that we have needs and he will make sure that they are met. If we do not finish the work, he has given us to do then we may never see just how awesome the provision he has for us is. While we are busy about keeping the lights on, God is saying “If you just did what I told you to do, this will all be taken care of.” When he gives us work to do it is mostly to help others, but it is also so that he can reward us as well! Don’t walk away from what he has for you, finish that task!
I hope that you have found this helpful and will take a few moments to self evaluate to make sure you are dedicating your energy to the right things. Be encouraged that even if the task at hand seems daunting with God on your side you can do it!