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Grin and Bear It

One day, not so long ago, I had one of those kind of days. I had my schedule in mind and the tasks I hoped to accomplish only to have the entire day changed. For some reason, on that particular day, the switch came like a curve ball. Can any of you relate? How did you react? Did you get upset and let everyone know; or did you take it all in stride and go with the flow?

Being a farm girl all my life, I should be used to this sort of unexpected schedule alteration. Working with animals or machinery, you never know when a critter is going to get out or when a truck or tractor will break down. In this most recent situation, I knew there was nothing I could do about it, so I figured I had better just grin and bear it. So that is exactly what I did.

As the evening began to wind down, I was reflecting on the day. Although it was not how I originally planned and most of my to-do list was unmarked, the day had been pretty good. Then I felt the Lord saying, “I didn’t want you to just grin and bear it. I wanted you to give me your all – 100%. I wanted you to do it for me!” I wanted to argue and say “But God, I did the best I could under the circumstances.” However, I remembered the few comments I made, and the disgruntled thoughts that kept running through my head. No, I hadn’t given 100%. I allowed those thoughts to rob me of some of the joy God had planned in that little switcheroo.

When I was praying in the early morning asking God to bless the day, He already knew His plans were not my plans. He knew what was ahead. He did bless the day, and He helped me adjust to the changes. I, on the other hand, let my stubbornness get in the way. Maybe it was not visible on the outside, but I sure knew it on the inside. I was like the little girl who was told to sit down but didn’t want to. When she finally complied and sat she said, “I may be sitting on the outside, but on the inside I’m still standing up!” God didn’t want me to just go through the motions, to grin and bear it; He wanted me to do it for HIS glory.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it ALL for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

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Early Morning

I awoke early, 4:30 am, with my checklist in the forefront of my mind. I tossed and turned as I wondered how I was possibly going to get everything done, and the bigger question was where to begin. Sleep alluded me, and I probably should have just gotten up to start the day rather than waiting until the alarm began to play.

I usually start the day with some quiet time with God, getting my thoughts fixed on Him. I have been using the devotional book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young to jump-start my  quiet time, and this time I was given a jolt! As if speaking directly to me, it began, “You tend to make mental checklists of things you need to do in order to gain control of your life. If only you could check everything off your list, you could relax and be at peace. But the more you work to accomplish that goal, the more things crop up on your list.  The harder you try, the more frustrated you become.” At this point, I was fully awake feeling like I had been doused with cold water. Those were some of my exact thoughts! I prefer order, structure, schedules, rules…for some reason it gives me a sense of security and accomplishment knowing what, when and how things are expected of me. However, sometimes my planning and expectations get in the way, mess things up and distract me from following God’s leading.

How does one find balance between structure and freelance? Finding the balance is something I have worked at for most of my adult life, some days being more successful than others. For me, it begins with my attitude and mindset. How important are the tasks on my list? How can I glorify God through them or while completing the tasks? How is my attitude when the schedule is unexpectedly changed? No matter how much scheduling and planning I do, no matter how long the to-do list is, I must keep my focus on Jesus and let Him be my source of security and guide.

God has a plan far greater than I can imagine. Today, I fix my eyes on Him and let him lead the way.

Isaiah 55:8-9 says: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.