Clarity is a gift recently given to me and I want to expound on that. Some things matter.Who God is and what He made matter: nature, people, God’s Word, heaven, etc. Everything else does not matter: what people wear,what they look like, skin color, hair length, arguments, fights, whining, complaining, troublemaking, accusations, breakups, etc. These things that don’t matter in the scheme of eternity (which we can enter at any time) are distractions. These things that don’t matter are tools of opponents of goodness and God. Very dangerous to spend too much focus and energy on these unimportant things. It takes energy away from the important things. We need to focus on the good, important things. That is where we need to use our gifts and energy and focus.
I have a lot of people in my life selling things to make extra money. Delightful. I am supportive. I love these people. Absolutely love them, related or not. And it is so good they have something to do they feel confident about, even have beautiful stories related to their things they are selling. So wonderful. I myself have sold a lot of things through the years. And it is not, let me repeat, not an evil or hurtful decision on my part not to help you sell your things. I am supportive of you going for it. I just have a good deal of personal things happening in life and can not afford more distractions. This does not mean I do not love you because I do not want to help you sell your things. I want to be clear about that. I do love you. I just also love God, and need to be serving Him. I love my Daddy, who is fading away. I love my mom, who needs help sometimes because she is alone now. I love my husband, who needs attention and help around the house. I love our kids,who need me to be there for them and teach them both school. I love my band families and need to practice for two bands and gigs. I love myself, and sometimes need down time to recover from all my loving people. I love our house, and it does not care for itself. So, you see, helping you sell your things is not a high priority for me right now, no offence. I am supportive and wish God’s blessings on you. I love you. Just no to the selling. I hope that clarifies my position to the many people wanting me to help them sell their things. Thank you ever so much for ever bri ging it up again but still being in our lives. Thank you! 1. Love God. 2. Love people. 3. Sell things if there is time after the first two (not me though).
“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big difference that we often cannot foresee.” ~Marian Wright Edelman
The tiny things add up. When working for the Lord, which we are all inevitably doing as called out ones, we must not neglect the tiny tasks by working tirelessly on the big ones. Sometimes we make a bigger long term difference, a more impactful difference, by stopping in our tracks and listening to a friend, worshipping with a song, writing an encouraging letter, smiling at the overwhelmed momma in line or just resting to recharge. We have no idea what out little acts of kindness will produce, but enormous armies may be moved by the morale of the commander. An enormous ship is moved by a tiny rudder. A mighty inferno is started by a spark. This information is true for good or evil. How exciting to be a proponent of good! How fabulous to be the anonymous reason someone did not resort to violence, felt better, forgave, sent good on to someone else, etc. How fabulous it would be to stand before the Lord and hear Him say that we did what He wanted. What a tremendous and beautiful thought!
In parenting, before I ever started actually, I decided that the word “can’t” would be a bad word for us. The reason is that is in direct contrast, diametrically opposing, the exact opposite of the truth of the Bible. See, Philippians 4:13 states “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” That means the bad word “can’t” is out. My children are to this day punished as if they had said another bad word by having to sing the above verse twice to the tune I made up. This emphasizes that the Bible is true and that God is all powerful and in charge. Even if something comes against us that seems way to big for our capabilities to do alone, we have the all mighty God of the universe that certainly can accomplish any task in our little pathway. See the point? He is enormous and all power so if there is a road He has sent us down, or even if we made bad choices to go down a road but realize we need help, God will do the work. We are really too little to do it without Him, that is true. But thank God those words “through Christ” are there. That tells me that when I am weak, He remains as strong as ever! So, this verse really means, “God can do all things through you He is asked or wants to accomplish.” Yay!!