These weekend features are to remind us of all the INGs of life. The Doing. The Nothing. The Speaking (of the Holy Spirit). The Listening (of our hearts).
LISTING and SORTING
Today I made a list. But it wasn’t a fun list like one I’d make for a shopping trip to Target: eyeliner, Mrs. Meyers hand soap, birthday gift, wipes.
This was a list of all the things that feel impossible in my life right now. Sadly, there are many.
I’ve been making myself crazy these days dwelling on everything that seems like an impossibility. I know, I know: “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” (Col. 3:2)
I know this isn’t where I should park my mind because the more I dwell, the more impossible things seem. But when you have hard things staring you in the face, you can’t just think about other things all the time. Sometimes you actually have to do some hard work. This verse in Colossians isn’t encouraging us to daydream our troubles away. But instead is encouraging us to trust, hope, and believe Christ is doing something good in the middle of our trials and for us to remember that our citizenship is in heaven. These earthly trials are temporary.
It seemed like a good idea to get the impossible things out of my head and onto the page. And it was. My list isn’t pretty and some of it is downright embarrassing, but it was incredibly therapeutic to acknowledge the hard things. I wasn’t kidding. It’s all hard.
In order to get my thoughts and perceptions in the right place about the things I listed, I decided to sort the items on my list by this criteria:
Hmm. This makes a difference.
The things I’m sure that God has assigned to me are non-negotiables. I want my heart to beat after His heart for me. I want to do the things He’s asked me to do well and for His glory.
But the things I’ve assigned to myself? Well, those need some work. Am I taking on things that were wrong to say yes to in the first place, or for this season of my life? (This all sounds so familiar. The Best Yes, anyone?)
Am I assuming that something God asked me to do years ago is still something I should be continuing to this day? I’m investigating that. Because honestly? I’m not sure.
Most of the things on my list fall somewhere in the “I’m not sure” realm. And maybe that’s why they feel impossible. To help with the conundrum I feel in these murky waters, I’m talking to some trusted people and bringing my concerns to the Lord in prayer asking Him to make the path clear.
Do you need help sorting out the impossible things too? Try it. Make a list and then sort them out. It might make things a bit clearer.
This weekend, may we bring our hard things before the Lord, trusting He can turn our impossibilities into triumphs.
How about a soundtrack this weekend? It’s been encouraging me to no end.
Happy Weekend, friends.