A fter spending some time with God, I realized that my life was just too busy.

I placed faith in idols like productivity and success instead of Him. I became stressed, exhausted, miserable, and aimless.

But I was able to reset myself when I started to do what God asked. I set aside time to talk with Him and study the Word, soon to feel my anxiety and worries dissipate.

Aimless: studying bibleI felt completely balanced with God at the forefront. And I thought, If I could just keep God first in everything, then I won’t get too busy again.

My attitude was positive, my words were kind, and my priorities focused on what’s important: family and God. I felt rested and ready for whatever lay ahead, good or bad.

Running In Circles

I guess you could say that I felt pretty awesome about launching my blog to the world. But I knew that I was going to be tested by God again- to see if I would misplace my faith and focus.

So before launching, I went to battle against temptation… I prayed. I asked God to keep me fixated on Him, always placing Him first before the duties of running a business and household.

Aimless: praying with bible

You know what happened? One day after my business went live online, my obsessive-compulsive personality and perfectionism kicked in again.

My thoughts were drowning in networking, researching, writing, laundry, making meals, budgeting, appointments, cleaning, etc. Within a week, I realized that I had pushed God to the back of these tasks just as before.

And I knew this because I wasn’t growing, spiritually. I started to feel stagnant and aimless; my body and mind were running in circles with activities and plans.

Realizing The Race

So what’s the answer to my recurring problem? Realizing that life is a long distance race aimed toward one goal: Jesus.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… (Hebrews 12:1)

I had been blessed with the opportunity to partake in three half-marathons in my twenties. They were endurance races, spending over two hours to run each 13.1 miles of road.

Aimless: runningDuring all that time, a person can think a lot of things. Everything from exciting and positive thoughts to doubting and negative ones.

The weaker my body became, the more my thoughts drifted toward my hurting joints, chaffed skin, and labored breathing. It was more than just training my body to endure what I was doing, but also my mind.

The same happens when the enemy starts to intervene in our everyday lives. We start focusing on unfinished tasks, heavy burdens, and worrying whether or not our families are taken care of.

We get discouraged, being reminded of mistakes that we’ve made. So then we decide to take matters into our own hands, trying to prove those thoughts false.

 Fixing Our Eyes

We kick into our second wind, managing to knock out a few more miles. But eventually those thoughts, worries, and burdens start to weigh heavily upon us. Now what?

…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)

When we learn to train our eyes on Jesus, we can endure our race. By placing all of our efforts into establishing a solid relationship with Him, we are able to strengthen our minds against the enemy’s schemes.

Aimless: shooting arrow at target

Since I am in a stronger relationship with God than in previous years, I do notice when my concentration begins to shift again. I would sleep, eat, and love poorly.

I became miserable trying to be productive in my day and it would show in my negative and tense attitude. Essentially, I began to notice when there was no faith displayed by my works.

Aiming For Christ

Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:26-27)

Ever train for an intense physical event? It took three months of training six days a week for those half-marathons.

Aimless: stack of workout weightsI spent hours dedicated to running, cross-training, stretching, eating right, and so on. I remember those early morning hours when everyone was still asleep, and I dreaded the long and silent road ahead of me.

And I can still feel those grueling hills, swollen joints, and cramping muscles. But the more I focused on the end result of accomplishment, the more I could endure the journey.

Having Faith With Works

Our race has already begun. God knows if we are truly focused on and have faith in Him.

He knows if we are flailing our limbs without aim, undisciplined in our bodies and minds by what we put into them. He also knows if we are focusing on other gods like money, control, sex, drugs, productivity, etc.

Aimless: dollar signSo take some time to evaluate your daily activities. Do you struggle to stay afloat with too many things to get done or losing sleep over your children?

Are you overloading your day in order to please everyone? Could you be neglecting your family because of work demands and stress?

If you have lost your aim, the answer is to focus it back on Jesus. Set aside time to remember why you wanted to follow Him in the first place and then use that to keep your eyes trained upon Him.

He will provide the right comfort, peace, rest, and joy for you to endure your race. And you will one day be able to cross that finish line and say with great accomplishment, “It is finished!”


Post Question: If you recognize that you have become aimless, what is one thing you could do differently for God? Comment below!


 
              

13 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve definitely noticed that productivity is a common idol in the lives of many Americans, and it’s because we want to make the most of our time, which is good. The problem comes when we are too exhausted to be prompted by God or connect with other people throughout the day because our schedules become way too tightly packed.

  2. Time to learn the prayer of the smile. If you commit to giving each smile as a gift of His love coming through you to the recipient, you’ll be amazed at how much you’ll be learning to pray without ceasing and in the journey you’ll see how many hearts are brightened with His love coming through you. Also, makes your day and your family’s day a bit brighter.
    Love, Hugs, and Prayers,
    NanaPennypockets

  3. Refocus. Seek out a positive message…listen to people of faith and not whatever news station is making my blood boil Especially lately, it’s been tough, but certainly do able….focusing on all the little miracles in a huge disaster.
    I also think if Mindy and you.
    Love,
    Summer

  4. Keeping God as the center and focus is a continual decision on a daily basis. And one that can be so easily lead astray if I don’t stick to my scheduled alone time with God. I need to start my day with Him! He anchors me and guides me in my blog writing, relationships, and with my therapy client. I agree, as I have gotten stronger in my faith it has become easier to recognize when I am letting other things take priority. Thank you for the post and reminder to keep God first!

  5. Ah yes…striving to do it all! I’m perpetually here trying to balance it all. What I’ve learned especially when it comes to blogging is unless I’m filled with God, I can’t overflow to others.
    I’m doing what I can during my day amidst house, cooking, and kids and then letting God take over the rest!

    I feel so much better!

  6. I’m guilty of this as of late. Working from home is amazing because of the flexibility with young kids…but it is also wearing me out. I need to slow down and not try to do to much. Pushing God to the bottom of my list of to dos is the worst thing I can do…and yet I do it!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here