What if God wants your heart more than your work?
Instead of being busy with endless tasks that can be stressful, what if we got:
- busy being present
- busy being grateful
- busy connecting with friends
- busy relaxing
- busy resting
- busy scheduling activities that bring you joy?
What if we got “busy” being comforted by God, so we have a glad heart, full of joy spreading cheer to those around us?
Sister, are you endlessly busy work-filled or joyfully busy heart-filled?
Get Busy In Savouring the Present
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25
Proverbs 31:25 tells us a virtuous woman has a heart filled with strength, dignity and fearlessness. These qualities of a woman of God can feel hard to live up to, especially when feeling worn-out and overwhelmed from lives demands.
We may start our day with devotions, our minds calm as we read God’s word, but as the day progresses our peace slips to anxiousness. We respond to unexpected interruptions, conflict, and time pressures with trying to do more hurried and flustered. We believe we can only relax after getting those daily stressors out of the way.
But what if God wants our hearts more than our work?
What if we stripped off our worrisome busyness, and clothed ourselves with the presence of God’s strength and the splendour of His blessings?
Since recently remarried, I went from an empty-nester to living with three adults who, I think, use a lot of dishes! The other day as I emptied the dishwasher (again!), I felt my body tensing and my mind beginning to race. “I have so many other things I could be doing.” Then I heard the Holy Spirit’s whisper:
Be grateful, Lynn, that you have dishes to wash. And even more, a dishwasher to wash them in, working hands to hold those plates you carefully selected in the home store you enjoy, and cupboards to place them in.”
As I carried a pottery bowl that was once my late brothers, and placed it gently on my corner rack that I purchased at a floral store where a friend, who has now passed away from cancer, once worked, I took in a breath, and my mind slowed while my heart warmed, relieving any tension I was feeling.
Instead of working faster to get to the next task, deadline, item on our lists, it is the act of slowing down to see the splendour of God in our everyday that fills our heart with strength to carry-on.
Because God is delighted when we enjoy our life.
Get Busy With What Fills Your Heart With Joy
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
Yes, we likely have heard that having a cheerful heart is good for our health. For example, laughter decreases your bodies stress response including slowing down your heart rate and blood pressure. Positive thoughts overall release neuropeptides that fight stress leaving your feeling more relaxed.
Notice Proverbs 17:22, too, tells us a cheerful heart is good medicine for ourselves and for others. Our cheerful hearts are contagious, producing encouragement, enthusiasm, and positive future outlooks for ourselves, our loved ones, and others God places on our path.
When you have delight in your life, when you get busy with what fills your heart with joy, you are creating a cheerful heart, so, in turn, you can have the energy to cheer others on.
Get Busy Turning Your Troubles Over To God
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that can comfort this in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Do you see how Paul instructs us to receive God’s comfort when we are troubled, so that we can comfort others? God’s comfort can be receiving His strength (the same strength referred to in Proverbs 31:25), encouragement, and hope.
Instead of getting busy with finding ways to comfort ourselves through relentless research seeking for solutions and avoidance behaviours, God wants us to get busy seeking comfort in Him.
How you feel matters to God. Did you know that just naming your negative feelings lowers the cortisol in your body (the hormone that releases from stress)? Instead of avoiding or dealing with our troubles by busy behaviours, get busy turning your troubles over to God. He designed us to name our troubles, so we can feel His comfort in our bodies, minds, and hearts.
Let’s get busy being comforted by God, so we have a glad heart, full of joy spreading cheer to those around us.
Get Busy Enjoying Your Life as God Meant for You
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because you are fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14
Sister, you are God’s work, and He makes all things wonderful, including you.
What is God is inviting you into today, so you are enjoying your life? What can you get busy with today that brings you joy?