What if the devil’s only goal is to distract us from our most important work? You know, those things God has placed on our hearts or in our homes {kids, I’m referring to our kids ;)}.

 

This has been heavy on my heart lately. I entered 2020 with a “word” for the first time in my life. Having a word has never really resonated with me… possibly because I’m a do-er of all the things at all the times. Limiting myself to one word sounds like literal hell to me. But this year, I entered January KNOWING in my knower {thank you Jennifer Allwood}, that God was calling me to REST. As if limiting myself to one word isn’t bad enough as a do-er, asking me to rest is probably the next hardest thing.

 

But I knew it. I’ve never felt a word laid on my heart so clearly from the Lord. I made a vision board for the first time and it all centered around rest. Yet somehow, over the last 8 months, I’ve done everything except rest. Sure, there have been MOMENTS of rest and I’ve gotten really good at resting on Sundays as my Sabbath, but overall, I haven’t rested. I’ve done the opposite. I’ve pushed and strived and worked my tail end off and asked my husband for just one more hour to work on more than one occasion.

 

And here’s the best {worst?} part. Around my vision board that is centered around the word REST…. I stuck about 58 sticky notes of goals and to-do’s {facepalm x3}.

 

So back to my question… What if the devil understands that the easiest way to get us out of communion with God is to distract us with everything except what God is calling us to do?

 

And this isn’t specific to rest.

 

Y’all there are 40 million things vying for your attention right now. I know because there are 40 million things vying for MY attention. It’s everywhere on social media. Everywhere you look there are things to get upset about, things you KNOW break God’s heart – racism, human trafficking, health and wellness, freedoms being taken, all.the.things.

 

And please hear my heart… those things are IMPORTANT and AWFUL and God is sitting in Heaven cryyyyying over the awfulness of the world… but what if, they’re serving as a distraction from what God is calling us to? {And maybe God is calling you to specifically serve in one of those areas, this isn’t for you}

 

My point is, especially as a mama, in this season of rest, that I feel like I’ve only gotten right in the last week, my time can be spent on social media and getting caught up in RIGHTEOUS ANGER over the brokenness of this world which ultimately, I can do very little about on social media {don’t shoot me!} OR I can spend my time pouring everything I have into the sweet, innocent babes God has entrusted me with and serving my family well in an effort to ensure that the evilness ends here.

 

If you think the devil only works in massive steps of outright evil, you’re wrong. He knows you’d point that right out and turn away from it. It’s in the little things that pull your eyes just slightly off God and place them on the current thing that is sickening and heartbreaking and evil. If he can get your eyes fixated on something other than God, he can weasel his way in through that little space and cause it to grow and grow and grow. {Y’all MUST read The Screwtape Letters!}

 

I’m NOT saying don’t care or don’t be upset or don’t fight. I just think, for me, and I pray this speaks to you as well, my first priority must be giving my family my best. And I can’t do that if I’m always worked up over whatever the next awful thing social media is telling me to worry about.

 

{NEWSFLASH… there will ALWAYS be awful, evil things. Ask any generation. THE ONLY THING WE CAN CONTROL IS THE WAY WE BEHAVE AND TREAT OTHERS AND WHAT WE ALLOW IN OUR HOMES AND MINDS.}

 

I CAN however, show my kids what unconditional love looks like. I CAN have serious conversations with my teen about racism. I CAN give my toddlers my full attention and teach them how to protect themselves. I CAN rest in knowing that God knows exactly what He’s doing in the world right now.

 

And IF you feel like you are being led to fight against any of the awful things currently going on in the world, I am your biggest cheerleader… with one condition. You MUST get off social media at some point. Words without action are words. We just had this conversation with our oldest last night. Social media is a great start, but if God is truly calling you to fight, take some big ole steps of faith and get your hands dirty in the places social media doesn’t see. But know that what you do within the walls of your home, is also of massive impact on the world, even though we may never see it this side of Heaven.

 

MOTHERHOOD IS THE HIGHEST CALLING. – Erwin Lutzer

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