Won’t Waste It

So then, my dear friends, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭58

I like to be busy when I work. Too much
down time and I quickly get bored and
restless, two things that are never good for a
girl with ADHD. I see my career as a spiritual calling so I want to do it unto the Lord. There have been times in the past two years I have had a little too much down time. I find myself learning a lot as I figure training can be counted as work.

As I read this Scripture, I thought about
how with God nothing is wasted, even my
recent rather excessive downtime. I consider all the information I’ve learned. I am a connecter by nature so this has given me the ability to connect myself and others with new information and new resources.

I know He has called me to rest. I don’t think that means at work. I have a hard time standing firm and steady in a position that doesn’t keep me busy. There are a lot of times even in other areas of my life where I go through things and forget that with God nothing is wasted. I still tend to get antsy instead of being present. I begin looking for my next passion or project.

In our women’s Bible Study we are going through a book The Resolution for Women. I generally see myself as a pretty content person, but the writer challenged “That’s been me. Always looking toward the next moment, the next month, the next event, rarely allowing myself the privilege of fully participating and embracing the happenings that were right before me for that day. And … I realized this feeling had a name: discontentment.”

And with those words, I realized I am content financially and with stuff, I know what it is like to have nothing. I appreciate what God has blessed me with. I am not materialistic. That is where my definition of contentment ended. Looking at a broader definition, when my focus or passion wanes in other areas of my life, I am frequently turn my attention to the next thing. I can be discontent. Ouch, that really hurt my flesh to say after years of denial.

With that thought in mind, I wrote out and committed to the 1st Resolution was: I will embrace my current season of life and will maximize my time in it. I will resist the urge to hurry through or circumvent any portion of my journey but will live with a spirit of gratitude and contentment.

The Scripture above reminds me that God won’t waste anything if I keep my focus on serving Him. Sometimes I may be waiting. Sometimes I may be swamped. Sometimes I may be tired. Other times I may be full of energy and focus. There may even be times that I get myself in a jam and miss God. Regardless of my circumstances, Je will be faithful. He won’t waste the time, experiences, resources, or connections.

Prayer – Lord, thank you for revealing the deception I had about my own contentment. Forgive me for looking at certain times and experiences as useless. I realize now, You won’t waste it. Help me to not waste it either. Let me embrace every moment, maximizing my time in each season of life. Fill me overflowing with gratitude and contentment knowing there is purpose in it all. Let me stand firm and stead in everything I do for You. In Jesus name. Amen.

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