Do You Struggle with Distractions Like I Do?
"The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.
My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life."
What a difference there is from God's purpose and the devils purpose. Do you struggle with distractions like I do? Do you find yourself luke warm for the purpose God's annointed and called you to because of these worldly desires and distractions? For me I've been spending too much time focusing on money: trying to sale things on fb resale, looking at stuff on there, talking about saving money in a group im in, looking for deals online. God is gentle and will nudge you with His soft but present conviction and He did this morning or maybe it was last night and I knew I needed to cut some cords and reprioritize and focus my attention.
"No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew 6:24
How this verse from the Sermon on the Mount rings true for me today. It leaves a feeling of shame, guilt, disappointment but hope that I can correct my choices today and get back to my Master and devotion to Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour. Everything suffers when we are not focused on what's important; our job and calling in life.
Mine is as a wife, mom, and prison minister all these areas suffer when my attention is glued on the computer screen doing the things of the world and not of God. My kitchen is a little messier, I don't cook as much, the laundry doesn't get put up and piles up, the bathroom goes dirty, the living room doesn't get mopped, organized and swept, my husband doesn't get my encouragement and attention, my children don't get my joy and patience and attention it's just like the Word says the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy our lives and you see that's what happens when we put the treasures of this world in place of Jesus.
"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be." Matthew 6:21
I have been waisting too much time trying to help my husband earn extra money to put torwards our emergency fund and then debt as part of the dave ramsey program we're following. It might be ok for some to do this and you can tell if your efforts are rewarded or wasted mine have been misdirected. we have a crappy market for selling everyone wants something for nothing I have two dressers for $40 each nobody is interested in buying them everyone is wanting to buy so cheap it's blowing my time that I should be using to write to you, spend with my children, cooking, cleaning, organizing, etc. I am the manager of my home when my husbands gone and when he's home i'm his assistant. This is God's plans i'm speaking of not my own. So I either waste more time or I give it to God, submit unto Him. Today I choose to submit. But each day you will have to keep those prioritize in check.
One helpful tool is a daily thankful journal where you write what you are thankful for or a praise you can do this in the morning and before you go to bed; I haven't done this in a long time- too long; it's time to start again so I remember why my devotion is with God and not this world and the things of this world.
Also, my husband and me have started to read in the Word together in the morning I think this is why I can clearly see my misdirection of time. This takes an effort as I must get up at 5-5:30 but it's so worth it to be filled with the Living Word-soul food with my husband first thing each morning before he goes and works hard at 2 jobs, he just has enough time to come home at 4, eat something, say hello, take a shower, shave and goes to his second job from 5:30-11:30 and later. He's sacrificing his time, his sleep, his interests, for his family because we were convinced of what the Word of God says,
"Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender." and the verse right above that instructs us to: "Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it." We are doing this by taking the time to get out of debt now so when are children are grown they can look to us as a good biblical example and that will make all the difference in the world that money or mere talk can not buy- the impression of your example living it out.
dont let the devil take your joy from you, find that joy in Christ alone and he cant!
Love you in Christ's Love, Sister Kim Fincher