This is a guest blog post from Doris Cush. Enjoy!
Speaker and writer, Doris Cush provides true-life musings on her blog, www.embracehistruth.blogspot.com. Infused with humor, encouragement and a
bit of “real talk,” she loves bringing God’s truth to life’s common misconceptions.
My desire to write started out simply…prayer time, journal entries, scribbled notes on scratch paper. As I moved confidently in this calling, prayer and pen gave way to bible study apps and laptops. Doors opened to article writing, guest posting, Facebooking, Tweeting, blogging and connecting with like-minded sisters within cyberspace. As the desire to write required more from me, so did the other pieces of my life. It was then I stumbled upon a fascinating discovery. Maybe you can relate to this discovery as well: If I neglect the other areas of my life by making my desire to write the higher calling, I end up living life out of balance.
This notion of balance resembles that of pieces of a jigsaw puzzle where prayer life, home life, work life, church life, servant life, talents life, rest life, fun life, single or married life, family life, mommy life, friendship life, sister life, healthy life, doing life are designed to form and fit around Christ. The misconception: when life gets imbalanced, it is up to us to make the pieces fit, even when they don’t. We will juggle quiet time with family schedules. We will squeeze in writing time between dinner prep and bedtime. We will cram in biblical study and research with school projects, church events, social commitments and networking. Before too long, the pieces of life become unrecognizable; and if we’re not careful, our desire to write wavers between a delight and just another chore to complete.
You might ask, “How do we place the pieces of our lives in balance? That’s the fascinating discovery…WE DON’T. We concede our roles as Wonder Women and place all the pieces of our lives squarely in the hands of The One who originated this puzzling life. He is more than equipped to make our pieces fit whatever life throws our way. Our role in His hands is to seek and to trust. We are told in Matthew 6:33 to “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.” Again, the misconception: His word is a magic wand we wave and “poof!” we’re blessed with an immaculate dwelling, flawless children and a goose laying golden eggs in our perfectly, well-kept backyard. If only life were that simple. God’s word, however, promises that when we seek Him first and foremost, we can trust Him to fit and form our outcomes for His (not our) good purpose (Jeremiah 29:13; Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:6; 2:13).
So when faced with a deadline we can’t handle and a schedule we can’t keep…seek Him first. When people want more from our time than we can give…seek Him first. When there aren’t enough hours in the day to be all we hope to be…seek Him first. When we wish we had more to give (or not give) to another project…seek Him first. When we hope for more opportunities but it ends up not quite being the opportunities we hoped…seek Him first.
Seek Him first and watch all the pieces of your life truly come into balance.