There is a perfectly obscure verse in the Old Testament that many of us should probably mediate on,
and possibly even memorize.
and possibly even memorize.
Do you sometimes feel overly busy?
Do urgent needs often overtake truly important needs?
Does all the stuff that just has to be done sometimes take priority over conversation with people?**
Are you a person of good intentions? To plan a great date with your spouse? To take each of your children out for some special one on one time? To send a sweet note of encouragement? To actually go to coffee with that friend that you often tell, "We should go to coffee sometime"?
In the book of 1st Kings, a servant was given the role of guarding a man. The servant was told "life for life" so it must have been a pretty important job.
Can you guess what he said when he was asked about the man he was supposed to guard?
"While your servant was busy here and there, the man disappeared." (I Kings 20:40)
What?? The servant was given ONE job to look after ONE man and he got so busy "here and there" that the man got away?
He made excuses. He was busy, probably doing servant stuff. But being busy is really no excuse at all. He was given an important job to do and he failed.
Take this story and look at it from a personal investment point of view.
Who has God entrusted to you to guard, to love, to invest in?
Your husband or wife?
Someone to disciple and mentor?
Someone with a specific need?
Are you so busy with the urgent tasks that demand you to be "here and there" that your "man" is going to disappear? Can you distinguish between "here and there" and what Jesus has actually asked you to do? Often the most difficult place of discernment for me is in the beginning. There are so many great things I feel like I should be doing, even for God! But, my heart really longs to do the best things for God, and the best often means stepping away from seemingly good opportunities.
God, please teach us to not be so busy and distracted with here and there that the people you have entrusted us with get away. May your word be alive and active in our lives as we grow in our understanding of giving an account to you for what you've asked us to do!
*Interesting and ironic side note: As I was trying to write this post, my 12 year old son plopped down on the couch next to me to tell me about all the awesome stuff he's learning about Parkour. The true confession is I sometimes dismiss moments like this as distractions and I started to ask him to tell me later. Kyle appreciates irony so I told him the topic of my writing. He smiled, grabbed my hand, and excitedly continued to tell me about jumping off buildings and flipping over picnic tables. Times like this are precious. God, please give me eyes to see opportunities with those I love before they get away.