Focusing On The Present Task.
I’m continuing my thoughts on finishing strong that I began last week. Last week, I talked about how in order to finish strong I want to cherish every moment. This week I’m focusing on the present task. For those who like updates on what’s currently happening, we have a crazy five days ahead of us. We have to completely pack for Malawi, sort through all of our remaining stuff that won’t make the move, send stuff off with family or to be donated, and be out of our current apartment by Friday afternoon. We will be staying with Josh’s parents for two weeks after we leave our apartment.
Needless to say the next five days will be busy, which is why I must focus on the present task. When I think of focusing on the present task my organized planner personality automatically thinks of making lists and running around with a frantic determination to finish said list. While organization lists and determination will certainly be important this week, I pray my mindset is less frantic and more content. I have the ability to be contently at peace no matter what tasks are on my plate because I serve a God who is way bigger than my to-do list. In His Word, He gives me several tips on how to focus on the present task without becoming frantic.
Focus on Today’s Task, Not Tomorrow’s
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 NASB
Immediately after comforting His listeners by reminding them that they are far more valuable to God than flowers and birds who He never lets go naked or hungry, Jesus reminds us that worrying about tomorrow is useless. I’m the queen of worrying about tomorrow. I tend to see a task as one giant task rather than lots of smaller manageable tasks. This leads to instant discouragement because I feel as if I’ll never be able to accomplish all that needs to be accomplished. If I chose instead to look at it in smaller tasks, then I’d see that the tasks that need to get done today are definitely manageable. The other tasks can wait until tomorrow, meaning I need not worry about them.
God Gives Strength for Today’s Task
When the Israelites were in the desert God gave them their daily meal each morning. Anyone who tried to take more than enough for one day was greeted by maggots the next morning. God wanted them to depend on Him daily, rather than try and stock up using their own strength. How often do I ask Him to give me strength for tomorrow rather than leaning on Him daily as my constant source of strength? It’s so easy to become worried that I won’t be strong enough to accomplish God’s task for me, but I must remember that He gives me the strength I need today. The strength I need tomorrow will come tomorrow, if I’m continuously seeking Him. 1 Chronicles 16:11 says, “Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually.” I’m praying that this is my attitude as I come into His presence each day.
Today’s Task Shouldn’t Steal Today’s Joy
“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
Psalms 16:11 NASB
God’s presence doesn’t disappear due to our busy schedule. He is with us in the midst of an overflowing plate. Because He is with us, our joy is full! I’m guilty of letting the pressures of a heavy to do list rob me of joy. God is still God. He is still strengthening me every step of the way. He has still blessed me far beyond anything I deserve. My joy isn’t based in what I have to do. It’s based in what God has already done for me.