Wednesday, June 11, 2008

"Beings" not "Doings"

Although it's wonderful to be diligent and disciplined, accomplishing tons of things in one day, we must remember that it shouldn't always be our focus. Life happens. It's important to slow down sometimes, and thank God for the little things in life, even if your to-do list has no hopes of being completed that day.

My Dad has reminded me quite often, "Anna, remember that we're human beings, not human doings!" Although I often get too caught up in the doing side of things, I know that he's right. Our worth is not measured in what we do, but what God has done for us. It's rare for me to complete everything off my to-do list for one day. And you know what? It's okay. My worth as a daughter of the King in no way goes down just because I didn't practice that day or didn't get a sewing project completed.

Now, it doesn't mean that we should excuse our own laziness! There's is a balance between letting everything go and getting too caught up in getting things done, and that balance is often very hard to find. It's a life-long journey. But, at the end of the day, if it seems like you worked all day, got exhausted, and didn't accomplish anything, don't stress out about what you didn't do. Instead, thank God for what the day brought - maybe a phone conversation with a friend or family member, an exciting discovery you got to watch a little one make about life, or perhaps just the daily things one has to do to care for a family. Praise God for His grace, and thank Him for the things He's brought into your life. You'll be surprised at how big a difference it makes in your outlook!

Remember, we are called human beings for a reason. God calls us to:
"Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10)
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12)
"Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him" (Psalm 37:7)
"Be strong and take heart" (Psalm 31:24)
"Be joyful always" (1 Thessalonians 5:15)
"Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power (Ephesians 6:10)

At the same time, we are called to do things. But we must remember,
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." (Colossians 3:23-24)

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." (Colossians 3:17)

The balance between being diligent and not being stressed because of all you feel that you need to do is hard to find. But God's grace is amazing, and He is the One that helps us be what He's called us to be, and helps us do what needs to be done.

In everything, we should live our lives "being confident of this, that He Who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:6)


Elijah Lofgren said...


Luke and Michele said...

I don't think I've ever heard your dad say that quote, but it is so true! I often get caught up in marking of my to do list that I forget about the way my "being" should be exhibiting itself towards others- especially my family! Thanks for this blog!
love ya,

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna,

Hmmmm. Yet another eerie "coincidence". Just today I was reading in Passion and Purity by Elizabeth Elliot on page 120:

Often during that school year our principal, L.E. Maxwell, would say, "The hardest thing in the world is-," and he would let the students finish it: "to keep balanced."

Balance - that really is the key, isn't it? Yet, sometimes it does seem so hard to do!

This may be something you'll have to remember especially as you go off to college. :)

Julie C.

Maria Pauline said...

Amen! Wnaders of to ponder Anna's wisdom :)