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Corrective Lenses

Glasses on laptop with pen, close up

Busyness.  The definition of busyness is the quality or condition of being busy.  Or lively but meaningless activity.  One of my New Years resolutions was to slow down and focus more on my quality of life instead of the quantity.  I am often guilty of searching for new ways to invest my time or a new project to work on, while neglecting the opportunities I have already been given.  Then at the end of the day, I wonder why nothing seems to feel completed or checked off the list.  Staying active and involved is a necessary part of life, but it can also serve as a distraction from what really matters.

I have some big dreams in my life.  Things that I know go far beyond my human capability and require my complete dependance on God.  However, I’ll be the first to admit, my nature is to want to skip ahead and find out all of the how’s and when’s of the process.  Even when writing a simple blog, I often catch myself trying to figure out the rest of God’s plan for my life, or at least the timeline of it all.  But that is not what He has called me to do.  My part is to simply supply what little I have and allow Him to do the rest.  When we begin to strive or force it to happen, our ideas can interfere and we begin to view God’s will through a foggy lens.  We’ll never see the full picture in this life, so it’s usually best to trust the Lord and allow Him to direct our path.

Lately, when I find myself wanting to jump to the end of the story, I simply stop myself and quote this verse.  Matthew 6:33….”But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  My only responsibility is too seek Him, so I can know Him more.  He supplies the rest.  He fills in the gaps.  He takes what we have and turns it into something worth far more than we could imagine.  And rather than focusing on a ministry or a particular door to open, our eyes remain on Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith.  He alone is what we need.  And when we choose to slow down and lean into Him, I believe we’ll find the answers we’ve been looking for.  Because when we truly know “The Answer”, our questions begin to fade away and we are able to see a bit clearer.  Maybe not ever knowing the end result, but closer to the One who is faithful to finish what He starts.