Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run the race that is set before us fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. (NASB)
I said those words out loud to my husband the other night. Not that I wanted him to fix anything. I knew exactly what I needed to do. I just had to say it out loud as an admission to myself so I could take action.
There are 24 hours in a day and I really want about 36. I don’t want the hours to get things done that I don’t want to do, I want them so I can do more of what I love to do.
Have you ever felt that way?
I said I wouldn’t do it. But I admit it. I’m over commit-ed! The problem is it’s all good stuff. And I don’t want to release any of it.
It’s humbling to confess this because I’m the first one to sit down with a stressed-out friend and assist her in peeling away the layers of her “unnecessary” and prioritize her “necessary” to-do list. And my suggestions are usually met with opposition.
Ahem, I’m feeling it. The same reluctance.
God’s Word says to lay down every encumbrance and the sin which so entangles us.
When I have so much on my plate I’m not just encumbered I’m strangled. When I get in this kind of stronghold I’m much more likely to:
1. Do a mediocre job of everything. God calls us to do our best as if we were doing everything for Him. Colossians 3:23
2. Get anxious, agitated, impatient, and cuss under my breath (me?, surely not) Ephesians 4:29 reminds me to not let any unwholesome thing come out of my mouth.
3. Be tempted to spend more time on what the world calls me to instead of what God calls me to. I get my priorities backward. Matthew 6:33 reminds me to seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness first then all then all the rest will be added to me.
4. Not freed up to be myself. Being over taxed robs me of joy. And I might add I rob everyone else around me of their joy too !
There is a balance and I have to find it again then I can run the race that is set before me.
How do I find it? By setting my eyes on Jesus.
- Praying for discernment and wisdom as to what to let go
- Seeking the advice from godly friends
- Using the NO word with the discipline God has given me through His Spirit
Shaking off the extra weight frees me up.
If I want to be me I have to be free.
How does being over committed make you feel? Do you feel like any of the four ways mentioned above? How do you to pare down and prioritize? I welcome your comments.