Neglected Relationships?

I'm a very goals oriented person.  From a human perspective, it's both a gift and a curse...but from God's perspective it's His gift to me, that I often allow to control my whole life and it really makes me ineffective.  Allow me to explain...

I'm often on a mission...I move very quickly throughout my day, always with the next step in my mind.  When I'm at lunch, I'm thinking about what I need to get done afterward...when I'm in class I'm thinking about the nap I'm going to take afterward...etc.  This kind of mindset often causes me to neglect the here and now, and the blessing God can use me to be to those around me.

God has revealed this flaw in myself recently, and by His grace, I've been working at not being this way.  He has been enabling me to be a blessing to those around me, and walk moment by moment with Him.

Because you see...when you're always focused on the future, you often are ineffective in the here and now.  This struggle is even seen when it comes to sin...because I'm so focused on the fact that I need to overcome it in the future, that I fail to realize that in order to be victorious in the future, I need to work on being victorious in the now!  I don't like that word "victorious" for overcoming sin...but it's the only word I can think of right now.

Anywho...God's been working on me about this recently, and I just want to give this charge to my readers.  There is a certain amount of planning we should do for the future, but this should never be to the neglect of the here and now...God has many opportunities for us in the present (for example:  sharing the gospel with people we interact with, investing in and encouraging other believers, etc.) and we should take advantage of these!

I'm going to be leaving to go home tomorrow for break, and I know last year during the break I mostly stayed in my room and read for the break...but I DO NOT want to do that for this break.  I'm planning on getting a month-long membership to the YMCA during the break, and I'd like to use that as an opportunity to share Christ with people in the community where I live.  If you could be praying with me that God would give me opportunities for the gospel through that, I would greatly appreciate it!

Well, that's all for today...Merry Christmas friends!


Jerusha Dressel said…
Solid post. Thanks for your blog! I really enjoy it!