Anna Bradfield Writes

Discovering the extraordinary in everyday life

Investing in Only-Me Work

I blew right through a stop sign the other day. I really have no excuse. We were traveling a street I know well. I had no visual obstructions. There were no distractions, either in the car or on the road. Yet as I came upon the intersection with the glaring red octagon-shaped sign, my husband said, “I guess you’re not going to stop, huh?”

It was so obvious once John pointed it out.

I had allowed my mind to wander to the point that I wasn’t even paying attention to where I was going. Where I had come from. Where I was at that moment.

What a visual for life.

It’s so easy to become distracted by the “should” and “shouldn’t” of everyday life. Our minds are consumed with doing many, many good things. Noble things. Righteous things, even. But the price is too great if we lose our spiritual focus.

Solomon says, in Ecclesiastes 1:12-14:

12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. (NIV)

The key to peace starts with the spiritual journey. Everything else is built on that foundation.

I feel stressed when I try to muscle through an agenda that I want or feel needs to be accomplished.  If I look to God, determined to be obedient to what He has for me, it will be impossible for me to overdo it.

It is simply not in His plan for any of us to feel overwhelmed and exhausted.  He has the answers.  He holds the truths. When we draw close, He reveals them, and we are at peace. It seems so obvious once it’s pointed out, doesn’t it?

I listen to a lot of really smart people who talk about evaluating all the details and to-do lists of daily life. Lots of things fill my time:

  • things that I can do well
  • things that I don’t do so well but muddle through
  • things I hate doing but feel like I have to do because no one else will

All of these things take me away from my most vital work. Things that only I can do. Only-me work.

The time I spend meditating on the Word is only-me work.

Your Inspiration Prompt: Until next time, tell us about your daily spiritual discipline.

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About Anna Bradfield

Anna Bradfield has been spinning tales, exaggerating the truth, and flat-out lying almost as long as she could talk. Nowadays, though, she calls it fiction. Buy her ebooks, Hey Grampa! or Barnyard Babies today. Join the online community and receive a free copy of her ebook, Boy Crazy.

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