New International Version (NIV)
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I just love our small group. It is so good to connect weekly to a group of people who I can learn from and share my life with.
This week we were asked what patterns of the world we had taken on in our lives. Sounds like a simple question but it really stumped me. I consider myself someone who is pretty careful about my decisions so it was a little difficult to come up with an answer. Then it came to me. Busyness. Going here, and then there, and then back to here again. That has become my life. Continuing to cross items off my never-ending list. If I’m not busy, then I must not be doing a very good job at “things”.
Immediately, in the middle of small group my mind started wondering to high school when learning about priorities was number one priority. It was something that was so aggravating to me because it was impossible for me to make my list of things that were important to me and then number them in order of importance. But, like all teenagers, I had to learn how to decide how to spend my time. Now, as an adult if I were to sit down and make a list of my top ten I’m afraid that I’m spending most of my time on the bottom seven things and doing the top three in my spare time. It should be the other way around! How did I get so off?
Busyness is a lie of the enemy! It is a pattern of the world. We don’t have to be busy…we choose to be. I’m tired of feeling like I’m spinning my wheels in mud only to get out of that hole to then start sinking in quicksand. That feeling of getting nowhere is due to spending my time on important things, but not the most important things.