This time of year is my most productive, and my least contemplative. Honestly, I miss my contemplation time.
While everything around me is growing, blooming, maturing, my spiritual life is struggling to stay on task. It's normal, I know. Long days filled with many tasks, routines upset by a myriad of situations, late nights as I write... My heart is just tired. And my faith-life takes the hit. But in the midst of how I feel: tired, frustrated, grumpy, I still know one thing. No matter how I feel, I have to write. I have to speak Truth. Frankly, some days it's work. When God called me to write, I had visions of his thoughts just flowing out of me. But when my faith life takes a hit and I'm not spending as much time with him, it's a LOT more work to think his thoughts, focus on his ways, and understand his focus.
Today I read "If I proclaim the Message, it's not to get something out of it for myself. I'm compelled to do it, and doomed if I don't!" 1 Corinthians 9:16
And that's my faith life these days in a nut shell. The long and short of it - I must do what he's called me to do, regardless of what it costs me. Right now, it's a little sleep. And some focus, as I sit here and write with 'Sword in the Stone' playing in the background (for the 50th time).
There's a devotional in that movie somewhere, I'm sure of it. And isn't that my purpose? To help others view life, their WHOLE life, in a spiritual context?
This is where we all take a deep breath together and remember that God is using our everyday life to teach us more about him. It doesn't matter how mundane it seems to us, our tasks are still God-work.
I'm off to do mine. Dishes. Make breakfast. Fold laundry. Sweep floors.
Blessings on your day!
"We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well."
(1 Corinthians 10:24b MSG)