Time is our most valuable asset. Something so simple and offers so much. We spend money then make more, but time we spend and never get it back.
I worked in a position once where I felt my title somewhat defined me. I was ready to continue climbing to the top. If only I could get that time back… My weeks were never ending from 60 hours in the office then remote access from home. I don’t remember how many times I said, “I’m busy,” when one of of my children would come to get my attention. I honestly believed that what I was doing was important enough for that to be okay.
For me, it was never about money more than it was about proving something to myself and other people. You know what I realized about job titles? That unless you’re chief ice cream maker, no one really cares what your job title is.
After ten years, something changed inside of me and it became heavy on my heart that I needed to find something else that allowed more time at home and much less at work. It was time to reconnect with God and be available to my children (Psalm 32:8). I knew what I felt was God talking but I didn’t listen because my pride was fierce. How could I walk away from all that I built and worked so hard for? Or even worse, take a lower ranked position?! What would people think? How would I feel about myself? As I walked in disobedience, indifference, and pride, I was given every opportunity to make a move before God did. One morning, I got in my car to drive to work and had a crash that changed the course of my life (Jeremiah 17:5). It was a painful experience both physically and emotionally but now I call it the “blessing on County Line Road.” So much good has bloomed from the seeds planted that day. “You turn mourning to dancing, you give beauty for ashes..” (hint on this weeks song on Worship Wednesday).
So many of us are trying to collect as much as our finances will allow or pushing to become something we’re not called to do. We have this “me, me, me” mindset and it’s not serving anyone but YOU. We have to stop looking and start seeing. Emotions follow motion. If we really want meaningful change, we have to embrace discomfort, set our fears aside, and respond to God when He calls. That means walking away from things that do not serve Him or your family. If it’s God led, it’s a calling not a job and at that point it’s with PURPOSE. Trust that God will provide. “I am armored, insulated with a deep seeded conviction.” (Pastor Reggie Osborne)
Our status in this world is more important than it ever should be and it’s not pleasing to God. Sometimes it takes recurring disappointments to notice how temporary things are. We will always outgrow things and want to buy more. Money and title is not a personality trait (Proverbs 15:16). The question is, how long will you be in the driver seat until you reach County Line Road?
Proverbs 15:16 (NIV) Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.
Jeremiah 17:5 (NIV) This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.”
Psalm 32:8 (NIV) I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
1) What takes up most of your time during a typical week?
2) After reading Psalm 32:8, when was a time you recall when this verse came to life?
3) Have you ever felt called to something?