Giddy-Up or Whoa
Brenda Nail DeLauder
We begin our lives reaching forward. As babies we reach out to grasp hold of something to help us stand, then quickly conquer our first steps. Starting in grade school, we are anxious to reach the next grade, continuing to rush forward from bicycles to cars, through schools to jobs, to marriage and kids. We race into careers with high hopes of climbing the ladder to gain better opportunities. With our lives before us we are constantly racing to get to the next chapter.
Then one day we begin to see speed is no longer our friend. We are still busy, active and able, but life begins to slow down or at least we want it to. We may desire to throw it into neutral so life is not moving forward quite as quickly. There is less rush to get somewhere and fewer rungs on the ladder to climb.
I’ve always stayed more organized with a weekly list. For so long I felt compelled to complete every listed task before the week ended. Now I’m finding I don’t grow as perturbed at myself when something on the list doesn’t get done, instead I move it over to the next week or sometimes, even the next. I’m not shrugging off responsibility. I’ve simply gained flexibility. Oh I still have those moments of guilt, if I take a longer break or catch myself starring off in space when I need to finish a project. But I’m getting better at balancing my days, to allow for extra minutes of watching birds at the feeders or providing a lap for a napping kitty.
One of the ways I carved out more down time was to make changes to all my routines. Adjustments were made to even basic chores by taking the time to notice what was necessary, what was important, and what could be changed or even stopped. Yet the number one way I improved, was to truly include Christ in everything I do. I have always taken my concerns and worries to God, but for the most part, shying away from the little things feeling they were not worthy to place before Him. It turned out to be little stuff was the clutter of my life causing unnecessary worry and burdens.
The Bible tells us to take e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g to God in prayer (Philippians 4:6). Of course the age-old battle of giving our worries, problems and concerns to God, is to understand we must leave them there. There’s no doubt this step will be an ongoing challenge for me, but through Christ, all things are possible. It’s shocking to realize how much time was spent on worrying over a problem or trying to figure out a solution. By giving it to Jesus, not only is it going to be handled in ways far beyond my human abilities, it is no longer cluttering my mind, allowing me to better focus on the things I CAN do.
News stations recently featured a photograph, which spoke out for Christians. A bride and groom, moments before saying their vows, reached around a corner wall to hold hands and pray. What the groom said about it was perfect. “We were about to take our first steps in life together, and we didn't want to take a step without it being in God's will." Walking into their married life with God, is both wise and wonderful.
By including Christ in every part of our lives, we are gaining the best possible help and direction. Sometimes we need to speed up and sometimes we need to stop. Whether it’s giddy-up or whoa, be sure it’s with God, seeking His will for your life.
Brenda Nail DeLauder is a native of Henry County. Her heart remains in her hometown.