“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” ~ Ephesians 2:10
One thing I am learning to really enjoy about parenting is the fact it forces me to be very intentional about my priorities. I don’t know about you, but up until a few months ago, I reveled in being busy. I liked being involved with my job, I enjoyed volunteering for things, I loved spending my free time with my husband, having every minute filled with something. Now, I have a delightful little creature who shares my days with me and requires me to focus on something entirely different – him.
That’s not to say that I have dropped everything and spend every waking minute staring at my son. I still have wonderful things I am thrilled to participate in, but they are decidedly fewer now. Having a little boy means that I need to take more time to think about what it is I will do each day, since everything I do directly impacts him. It’s been a great lesson for me, one I’m sure I should have learned long ago. Simplifying has been wonderfully restful for my soul, and has given me a chance to slow down and just enjoy the moments that I have. Sometimes this means that the biggest thing I do for the day is lie on the floor and giggle with my little boy. And I know that someday, when he’s a teenager towering over his short mother, I will be thankful to have these sweet memories of his first months on earth.
Thinking about all this makes me appreciative about God’s purpose for us during our lives. So often, I complicate things and try to make God’s will for my life too confusing to unravel, when in reality all I am supposed to do are the good things that God created in advance for me to do, as Paul writes to the Ephesian church. Isn’t that incredible? God is ready for us to do what He has intended. We don’t need crazy schedules or hectic lives to accomplish His purpose, instead we need to be seeking Him and asking for His wisdom each day. If we strip away all the busyness, we are easier able to focus on God and allow Him to show us what good works He wants us to do.
As you go through your week, keep today’s verse in mind. And when life seems to get overwhelming, ask yourself if you really need to be doing everything you are pressuring yourself to do. Maybe what you need to do is focus more on God and, in doing so, give Him a chance to order your day.