I am grateful today because my life is fairly bursting with meaningful and purposeful activity – a marked change from earlier in the year. It’s a nice feeling to be busy with things that are positive, uplifting, and energizing. I’m not saying that I’m an extrovert – far from it – but I’m discovering that when I am consistently engaged in activities that bring joy to me, I tend to feel more optimistic about things in general.
This is more than positive mental attitude or pop psychology. Rather, I find that God gives me the energy that I need to power through the tasks in front of me each day. Generally speaking, I am a person of tremendous repose – I enjoy my quiet time of contemplation. However, life doesn’t always allow me to do this, so I have to have a strategy to negotiate the busyness of life (even when it is enjoyable). This verse comes to mind, and I saw it on the Bible app today:
When you are pursuing the things that God has called you to do, He will give you the energy to make sure that you accomplish them. I also believe that the opposite is true – when you are doing things that are flat-out against His will, you may experience some dissatisfaction, fatigue, and frustration that seem to hang around for some reason.
I heard someone at my church talking about this – this idea of spiritual capacity. It’s not to be confused with busyness or busy work, but rather, it’s the supernatural ability that God gives His children to accomplish more with seemingly finite resources. And I’ve seen this principle played out in my life over and over again.
Honestly, I’m not quite sure how I powered through today – between the work that God has called me to do at this time, to making slow-but-steady-progress on the project 😳 for one of my major life goals, I find the day generally passes by quickly. However, these things are all in line with my interests and curiosity, so I’m loving what I’m doing! Also, in a strange way, I’m starting to see how my interests are all connected – even though they seem very different from one another at first glance.
However, the inevitable consequence of all of this activity is that I am tired. So I’m going to have to close this blog entry for today. Blessings to you all!
Dear God, thank You for the capacity that You’ve given me in this season of life to accomplish the work that You have called me to do. This time seems all the sweeter, because I can remember earlier this year when I was contending with health challenges and found myself feeling very frustrated by life in general. I recognize that I was in a different season then, and during that time, Your goal was for me to rest and recover.
Thank You also for this reminder that capacity and rest are important, yet seemingly oppositional forces; I appreciate the capacity that You are giving me, but I also recognize that I need to prioritize rest in my life as well.
Finally, thank You for the progress that I was able to make on my project today – I wasn’t able to finish it as I had hoped, but at least I was able to make a dent in it, so to speak. That is still something, for which to be grateful, no? In Your name I pray, Amen.
PS – Total non sequitur here, but does anybody else have challenges with Siri? I have been both amazed – and sometimes totally appalled – at some of the suggestions that Siri makes. I’m hoping that the next update to Apple’s iOS will include a “Christian, non-cussing Siri” option. 😉