Transition is hard and I feel like I've been in it for years. Always wondering what is next? Should I get a paying job? Continue to volunteer? Redecorate the house? Learn Spanish? You know the list of possibilities never ending.
I'm near the end of the certification to be a biblical counselor. It's been a fantastic journey - however I've been ready for what's next for about half that time. It got so bad that I had to intentionally refuse to think about it - which is hard for the planner in me. God taught me to be patient, wait on His timing. He knows me well, that if I know what's next, I'll skip what's today and jump to tomorrow.
My thoughts settled on taking time to work on me yesterday. Yeah, time to work walking by the Spirit, my health, my home. A time to do all those things I put on hold while I worked on the certification process.
Then the brakes were hit with that thought process. I remembered a conversation in counseling that urged the gal to pray as we've discussed. She rarely prays. Scripture says to pray continually (1 Thes 5.) All believers need to have a vibrant prayer life - daily connecting with God, resetting our thinking, focusing on things above - eternal things.
Yet - my own prayer life is so-so. I go through spells where I allow the day to get in the way of my sweet time with my Papa. How could I focus on ME while not help others? I cannot withdraw, as my thoughts carried me, from the world to work on me. It just doesn't work that way. How did the apostles live? They spent time with Jesus learning then went out and helped others. How did Paul live? He spent time learning from Scripture/Holy Spirit (Gal 1) while growing his ministry. Finally, he carried out the great ministry God planned for him.
All through Scriptures, those most dedicated to God were dedicated to others.
Merry Christmas - focus on the One who is the Way!