For anyone who’s been paying attention, you may have in passing noticed that I’ve been absent from posting the last few days. While I do think that it would be splendid if I could one day write full-time, even then sometimes it’s good to take a break and just experience life without having to write and react to it all. That sort of goes hand in hand with my post on The Art of Solitude, but is only loosely why I’ve been absent the last few days. I’ve certainly not been alone for most of it, although there was some time yesterday morning when I just sat and read and enjoyed time to ponder, but mostly I was still around people.
Instead, this weekend has been in large measure about rest. Now again, I didn’t actually get a ton of sleep, and I was doing stuff pretty constantly, but it was restful in that it was an enjoyable time spent not tethered to an electronic device (I missed dozens of texts, Facebook messages, Snapchats, and such), and instead spent quality time in the company of others. In our culture filled to the brim with 160 character bites of information flying at us non-stop, it may be hard to disengage, but I fear we miss out on true connection when we replace it so frequently with virtual friends.
This leads to another part of my weekend, and really the thing that should be the highlight of each day. Of course, being Sunday, I went to church this morning. Part of my routine on Sunday mornings is to spend some time at Starbucks drinking coffee and reading beforehand. It’s a habit that I started in college, and one that I’m not likely to break any time soon.
Sometimes I run into a friend from high school who is working with his wife to plant a church in our city called Uptown Church. This particular friend has been on fire for God since long before I met him. He is high energy and extremely outgoing, and I think a great personality to reach the area that they are focusing on. This particular morning I asked him how the plant was going and he shared with me that they need prayer for some more mature believers from the area to come along side them to help with discipling those that they are reaching. He also asked if I might consider dedicating a year to helping them with the mission.
Now, I will admit that this is one I will have to pray about to make sure that it is the right timing, but I can’t help but think that I’d like to help this new plant and these new believers in any way that I can. The trick, of course, is finding the balance and not over committing myself to good things, and instead making sure to focus on God’s plan.
The thing that I will be praying for is not necessarily a do or do not answer from God, but more specifically that he would show me the best route to take. If this is the direction he is leading me, then maybe I need to take a step back from other things. If this is not the route he has for me, then having the discernment to make sure I’m currently on the right path is also of great importance because based on the amount I’ve posted recently about needing rest, I am beginning to think that I may be over extended.
Why I can’t do it all.
For anyone who’s ever read Philippians 4:13, you may wonder why I would say that I can’t do it all. I mean, come on, the verse clearly says that “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” If that doesn’t mean I can do it all, then what does it mean?
Like all verses in scripture, I think this can really only be interpreted through context. In the context of this chapter, Paul is talking about God supplying his needs and finding contentment in whatever that supply may be. I don’t think that this verse is meant for us to assume that we are capable or called to do it all. That would completely defeat the purpose of having a fellowship of believers with unique talents. It would negate God’s power being shown strong in our weakness. And at the apex of it all, it would lead us to see ourselves as gods rather than giving glory to the one true God.
Instead, I think that this verse, along with the one from Revelation on the image above point us to look and pray for God’s best, and those things that are truly His best for our individual purposes will be separated like wheat from chaff so that we can in His strength accomplish great things. All we need do is listen for His knock on the door of our hearts. Then we will see what His best is, rather than continuing with the failing balancing act.
There is probably more to say on this topic, but I think for tonight it is a good place to stop and pray for discernment and proper godly balance in my life.
Soli Deo Gloria