It’s easy to lose track of what really matters, and what makes us grow lovely with time.
How is your summer going? Are you spending your days basking in the glory of His creations or are you over burdened with life: struggling to make sense of it all while attempting to fill your voids with stuff, busyness, and noise?
A Busy Start to the Summer
My summer months were kicked off with home renovations that actually started in May although we are still perplexed at the length of time the projects have taken as well as the toll these projects have taken on our mental health! As we near the end of these projects, I only wish I had been a bit more trusting in God, knowing that He would work everything out for our good.
Instead, I succumbed to the flesh with a few meltdowns due to deadlines, budgets, and obstacles. Of course, the obstacles were by no means life threatening or disastrous, but to an individual who basks in organization and routine the obstacles can become quite dreadful just as I had become in my meltdowns.
Busyness Doesn’t Facilitate Growing Lovely With Time
Sally Clarkson wrote,
“Women who grow more lovely with time have practiced pouring into themselves all that is excellent, wise, graceful, good, and true.”
As I read this beautiful statement on growing lovely with time, I reflected back on our situation only to realize that I have been pouring into everything but myself. Me, the one who pontificates about the value of self-care and the importance of spending time each day in prayer and meditation.
Letting Go Leads to a Lovely, Wise Existence
I asked myself how did I take my eyes off what really matters and place them squarely on my circumstances? It was at that time of reflection the ah-ha moment occurred.
I realized I had developed a mindset which led me to believe I needed to orchestrate my day and take control of every issue, problem, and concern that arose throughout the day as opposed to asking God to orchestrate my day. This type of mentality is draining to the soul.
Stuff and Busyness Drain the Soul, Leaving Us “Unlovely”
Stuff is just what it means, stuff. The dictionary defines stuff as unspecified material, household or personal articles considered as a group, worthless objects, or to place forcefully in a container or space.
Hmmm, I am quite sure I am guilty of using stuff to fill the voids, which emphasized the importance of seeking God’s word before I try to forcefully place materials items in a space to fill the voids!
Red Flags — Do You Have Any?
Busyness and stuff fill us with temporary feelings of accomplishment, recognition, and acceptance. It was recently suggested that when I begin to take on this mindset, it is a red flag.
When I am feeling out of control (although my mind is telling me I am in control) and I begin to feel drained, this is when I need to take a step back, reflect, and admit that I am no longer self-sufficient, I need to give it to God and trust Him.
So I ask you, How are you filling your void? Are you wearing busyness as a badge of honor? Are you filling your home with material items believing the stuff will fill the voids in your life?