It's Only When I'm Still That I Work My Best
"Peace" poem printed on "Sleepy Hollow Creek at Sunrise" photograph of Sleepy Hollow Creek, Sleepy Hollow, Georgia, http://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com/photowithpoetry/h1dc40d7c#h1dc40d7c.
I'm a "do-er." Just ask anyone. If it needs to be done, I'll get it done. I'll either do it myself, find a way to do it, find someone else who knows how to do it, or find something else that will help me or someone else get it done. If I'm determined to get something done, nothing will stop me -- not even God, because He's a gentleman.
God will allow me to go hell-bent on doing what I think needs to be done, because He's content with waiting. He'll wait until I've had enough and I'm exhausted from doing it as best as I know how to do it, or messing it up in the process. It might even be with good intentions and something God wants me to do, but I don't take the time to be quiet long enough to listen to His voice for His wisdom. As my sister sometimes says, I can "spin myself in the ground" going so fast not accomplishing what I set out to do, because I'm not thinking straight. My sister can say that, because she knows me and loves me even when I'm spinning out of control.
When I have my "To Do List," I will often think through my day and strategically figure out how to accomplish everything. Or I'll just start "doing," and before I know it, I've reached the end of my day and I've gotten little done on my list.
It's only when I'm quiet do I hear God's voice clearly.
It's only when I sit, turn off all the electronics, all the "rings" of texts and status notices, and all the anxious thoughts, to ask Him for His plan for me that day will I hear His gentle, authoritative voice. Actually, it's when I add one more thing to my list that I hear His voice. That one thing is time with Him by reading some Scripture, a Christian book or devotion, or simply praying as I write in my journal (another discipline that I've found rewarding).
When I'm in the house and I can hear every little creaking or humming noise in the house, do I hear Him. When I'm outside, as I am now, listening to the birds chirping, the wind blowing, and the leaves rustling that I hear Him. When I'm clearing my head as I'm exercising to strengthen my spiritual "temple," and listening to Christian music, will I hear Him.
When I ask Jesus to guide my steps and give me my priorities for the day, I become more effective, more productive and more focused. Even if I end up "doing" exactly what I originally set out to "do," I feel more successful, more relaxed and more satisfied at the end of the day. I'm not flustered, frustrated and frenzied. I'm more patient with, forgiving of and gracious to myself, my family and my friends.
It's in my human nature to "do," it's in my spiritual nature to be still.
It's when I'm still that I do my best "work" as a wife, mother, discipleship leader, mentor, coach, photographer, writer and poet.
"Be still and know that I am God," Psalm 46:10.
by Gena Buskirk-Ford, photographer/writer, Gateway PhotoArtistry, http://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com
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