Oh, I've been having computer problems, and nothing tries my patience more than computer problems! I think the problem is that I have too much on the thing, actually. Too many pictures, too many documents, too much junk! Some of it good. I would be very sad if I lost any pictures. And if I lost any Bible class lessons or ladies' retreat/event flyers and programs, I would be sad, too. They all took a lot of work to do! But some of the stuff is just junk! I see something I want to keep or think I'll use, so I save it...just in case. That junk just keeps piling up and piling up until one day - THE COMPUTER WON'T WORK! And I need it to work! I've got lots of things to get done on the computer! And I need it done by tomorrow. You know how it is!
So, I perform system scans, download pictures and files to flash drives. Try to make sure everything is backed up properly. Do all I can to make sure it is back in tip-top shape in no time. But it's not as fast as I want it to be. Things are going too slow, and I'm beginning to think it will take longer than I can stand. I move on to another computer...my husband's. I just try to get by because waiting is too hard.
So many of life's lessons can be learned in ordinary, every day life things.
Let's say I'm a Christian whose life is going along just fine. I get involved with the work of the church. Volunteer to do everything available in every way. I am studying God's Word. I am praying often throughout the day. I am worshipping God alone and together with my church family. I teach Bible class. I cook for my family and for others. I serve and volunteer, and I get busier and busier and busier. My life is "full". It's full of good stuff! But then I begin to take on even more. I work more. I volunteer more. I am busy with my family's activities. I'm planning. I'm scheduling. Busy, busy, busy!
But,now, something has happened.
I used to have time to read God's Word. Now I'm too busy. I used to have time to pray many times throughout the day. Now I'm too busy to think about it. I used to have time to really prepare my Bible class lessons. Now I just throw something together in a hurry. I used to "run smoothly" like that computer, but now I'm slow and sluggish. Now I'm just spinning my wheels and getting no where (much like that little colors circle that keeps spinning on my computer!). Now I'm full of some really good stuff, but have a lot of "junk" that's bogging me down.
Something's got to get fixed. There's a big problem. What should this Christian do? Well, just like with my computer, it's good to run a "scan". What was happening in their life when everything was running smooth? They were studying God's Word. They were worshipping alone and with brothers and sisters in Christ. They might have been teaching Bible class and doing good deeds, but then what happened? They got busier and busier and busier!
There is a saying that goes something like this: Satan doesn't have to get you to do anything wrong. He can get you so busy that you fail to do what's right.
Sound like someone we know? Yes, the "scenario" Christian.
I don't know about you, but sometimes I AM THAT SCENARIO CHRISTIAN. I do good, but then do too much, failing to do what's right, or best. It's at those times I must do a "full scan" of my heart and soul and mind.....clean out the junk....learn to say NO to more and more things that "busy" up my life. If you're like me, NO doesn't come easy. I love to help and volunteer! I have a hard time saying NO to some things, especially when they are good things.
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10. BE STILL. Be still. Yes.....be still.
Psalm Reading Plan- Week 17
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