I have to be honest with you. Throughout this past week and a half, I have been overwhelmed.
By what, you might ask?
Not by the circumstances surrounding us. Not by the onslaught of news media headlines. Not even by the fear of the unknown. But rather, by the continual comparison trap of feeling like I need to be doing everything possible in order to make sure that we as a church remain steadfast in our faith. If I’m being totally transparent, at times i've taken my eyes off of Christ as our Church’s provider of peace, and taken that role upon myself. To say this is a fruitless endeavor would be a drastic understatement. And yet, there i've been, laboring to try to brainstorm ways to make it all happen.
Here's the funny thing about being overwhelmed though. It often leads to a place of being ineffective. Sure, we may feel like we are getting a lot done, but in reality we end up creating all of these long, elaborate lists of things we “NEED” to do, which often end up being done poorly and halfheartedly. This isn’t because of a lack of desire, or good intentions. It's because of a lack of focus.
Maybe you can relate.
This morning, I was scrolling through the social media feeds, and looking at all of the amazing resources that our brothers and sisters in Christ are putting out to keep the church fed. From morning devotionals to mid week services. Sermon clips to worship sets and bible verse posts (Maybe a little bit like watching Chip and Joanna Gaines and thinking, "How in the world can I produce anything like that!" Haha). There is really no shortage of quality encouragement to be found on the internet during this time.
You might respond by saying, “Are you kidding me? Encouragement? All I see all around me is continual hardship, negatively and hopelessness!”
To which my response would be… “I suppose that all depends on where you are directing your attention”
See, the problem is not that “everything” is doom and gloom. The problem is that we are all too often fixing our eyes on the wrong places.
If we KNOW that the majority of the media is pumping out fear and hopelessness, and yet we continue to fix our eyes on it… then how can we be anything but accepting of the fact that we find ourselves fearful and hopeless? On the contrary, if we KNOW that our God, and His word, are filled with true and precious promises. If we know that He is faithful day in and day out. If we know that He offers peace and rest to those who are weary. Then why wouldn’t we strive to make that our focal point? To make HIM our focal point?
See, Church, at the end of the day, it’s all about where we focused. Did we focus on God, or the circumstances around us? Did we focus on our spouses/kids, or on the pile of distractions we have created? Did we focus on being still, resting and taking this unprecedented time to reconnect with Him? Or did we squander it by reading headline after headline and letting them dictate the narrative for your life?
Truth be told, we are in this thing for the next several weeks whether we like it or not. You can choose to be bitter, angry and depressed. Or, you can choose to thank God for the time to truly discover who He is, reconnect with your family and find the peace that you have been robbing yourselves of for so many years.
Today, amidst all of the uncertainty, let’s choose to focus on those things that are of God. Today, rather than relying on all that is offered in the digital world (again, realizing that there are SO MANY good things to take advantage of!) to “feed” us… why not take some time to crack open our bibles, and get to know our God again.
“So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.”
- Colossians 3:1-2
As for me, i'm ready to stop grabbing the steering wheel from God. Ready to stop filling the space that is rightfully His, with the voices that are all around me. I'm ready to find peace amidst uncertainty. I invite you to join me today my friends. Let's disconnect, so we can reconnect.
Thankful for you,