His Kingdom or Mine

A week or so ago as I was driving home from work my mind was wandering... listening a bit to the music on the radio, but also lost in some of my own thoughts. As I drove, I heard the song "In the Blink of An Eye" by Mercy Me come on the radio. I began to sing along... although not really listening to the words.

Just a few short minutes into the song, if that long, one phrase suddenly jumped out at me. The question it asked was, "How can I further Your kingdom when I'm so caught up in mine?"

In the amount of time it took to sing that phrase my mind stopped wandering. I was very quickly brought back to the moment and very much considering the reality of the phrase for my life. Indeed, how can I further the Lord's kingdom when I'm so busy with my own life?

What would happen if I spent as much time seeking the Lord's guidance in how He would have me share His love as I do each day crossing item after item off my to do list?

What would happen if I spent as much time involved with missions work in my community as I do coordinating all the calendars of each member of my family?

Just a couple of examples, and, obviously time does need to be spent getting tasks completed and making sure everyone in the family gets to their various activities. However, do I give the Lord and His work the same amount of time? Shouldn't I be ready and willing to do so? Shouldn't His work be at the very tip top of my to do list?

After all, doesn't God promise us that if we put Him first and His work, doesn't everything else fall into place? The daily tasks will get taken care of and the family will all get to their daily activities.

I'm learning that if I just act on God's will and trust Him, that it DOES all fall into place. It may require me to accept that not everything will get done the way I would like to see it get done and it certainly requires that I give up any sort of control that I try to have over situations, but it does fall into place.

As a matter of fact, not only does it all fall into place, but it usually falls into place much better than it would have otherwise.

"But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you." Luke 12:31

6 Thoughts Shared:

Shelby said...

Great and timely post, Melanie. I've spent most of this weekend and a chunk of last week asking myself the same question. For me, I'm going to start with praising Him in ALL things -- even in the midst of trouble. I believe that'll help get my heart right and maybe things will go from there.

Jacque. said...

Melanie. You are so spot on with this today. I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off...thinking about everything I have to do and having no time for Our Father. Foolish me. Thank you so much!

Beth E. said...

Ouch...I definitely needed this message, Melanie! Thanks for a very profound post.

Amydeanne said...

Great message today Melanie! and love the song!!

bp said...

I enjoyed this post, Melanie, as I always enjoy what you share.

have a blessed day!

LisaShaw said...

Thank you for sharing with us dear sister --such truth.

Love you.