She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hand holds the spindle.
How time flies?! I don’t think it was as noticable, how quickly it goes by, before we got our daughter. I look back on pictures from over 3 years ago and it feels like it was last week. Last week we welcomed her into this world. With terror filled eyes we held her for the first time. The seven years prior to her birth seemed like they had never existed when we looked into her face and imagined how the rest of our lives would play out with her in our lives. How precious it is and how little we have. In Psalm 39 we read:
LORD, make me to know my end
And what is the extent of my days;
Let me know how transient I am.
“Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths,
And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight;
Surely every man at his best is a mere breath.
When compared to eternity, we do not have much time here on Earth. It is a blink of the eye in the time of eternity. So what are we doing with it? Shouldn’t we be making the most of it? Filling every last minute up with meaningful things? Reaching as many people as possible for the glory of God? We see that virtous woman of our study filled every last minute of her day with meaningful work for her family, for God.
I have heard it in more than one sermon lately how our lives look in the form of a pie chart. (I’m guessing God is trying to tell me something about my TV time!) The pie charts of our lives seem to look similar to the chart below:
Isn’t that the truth?! We go through our daily life with all the business and caos and then we take what we have left over and spend that with God or for God. Really shouldn’t our pie chart look like the below?
Everything in blue is what is devoted to God. As we go through our day to day life cooking dinner, wiping running noses, picking underwear off the floor with the attitude of taking care of the precious gifts we have been given? This chapter has been about utilizing every minute to glorify God. Is that our attitude throughout the day? Is our attitude about doing the best in all we do to stand out amoungst the masses as an upstanding person? This is what makes our lives a continual witness to God. Living a life that in all things, no matter the circumstance, we are focused on doing the best. When people ask why we work so hard or how we keep such a positive attitude we can say it is for God. God is our source of joy and strength. It won’t just be something we say but it will be evident in our lives.
There have been many lessons I have learned throughout my life so far and each one seems to be wrapped around my attitude or frame of mind. How I handle each task that comes my way. If we make everything about glorifying God or showing thankfullness for what He has done or provided in our life imagine how different things will look. Cut out the activities that don’t provide glory to God and focus more on the things that do. Being productive with the small amount of time we are given here.
At first it sounds unreasonable to make sure that if our eyes are open than we are focusing all of our energy to the work God has for us however, we are allowed to rest. God set himself up as an example we are supposed to follow and part of His example is resting. First, we see in Genesis 2:2 where God rested after having just finished with Creation.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
Do you think God needed to rest? No, He didn’t need to but all things He does has a purpose and that is to show us rest is needed. A time to relax and recoup. Our bodies were made in His image but we were not given the same power as Him. We require it.
The second example God gave us was Jesus Christ. He was sent to be our earthly example of how to mold our lives. His life was devoted to ministering to us and working as much as He could with the little time He had. In Mark we see multiple times where Jesus urged the disciples to take rests.
27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
31And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) 32They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.
We are encouraged to take rests to keep our focus on God. So that when we return to the work set before us we can continue to devote ourselves and the tasks infront of us to God. Glorifying God in all we say and do.
This week my challenge is for you to focus on devoting ever minute to glorifying God in you work place, home life, and even in your rest. When you start feeling yourself beat down or tired pray for His strength and renewal to bring the glory back to God. Note any changes you have seen in yourself and share them on our Facebook page.