Frustration

I am a very slow person, meaning I do not accomplish a lot in a short space of time….. perhaps because I am too “detailed” in everything I do… and this was always a source of frustration to me…. over the years, I have tried on occasions to “speed up” but this always ended in more frustration.

I found myself envying the people in the Bible, their lives seemed so simple and relaxed….. with HOURS to spare, just sitting on a peaceful hillside tending sheep or planting crops and just watching them grow….. I get to wondering IF David had lived in 2011, would the Psalms ever be written ?

I tell God…. I cant wait to get to Heaven where TIME SHALL BE NO MORE….. I mean, TIME is my WORST ENEMY….. I NEVER seem to have enough time to do even a quarter of the things I want to do…. and what is worse, as each year passes, I seem to be slipping further and further behind.

EITHER I am getting SLOWER or TIME ITSELF is SPEEDING UP…. I know this sounds crazy but it is my REALITY.

REGARDLESS of my “problem”, GOD is the same FOREVER… He dwells in the High and Holy place with them who are of a contrite and humble spirit , to revive the spirit of the HUMBLE, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Isaiah 57:15)

The dictionary says that contrite means “penitent” or “thoroughly sorry” and humble means “humility” or “lowly condition or rank”…. I guess I qualify, because as a result of my “slowness” I am a “nobody” and cant seem to “get anywhere” in this world… or “achieve anything” in life….. therefore the only way I can ever be “happy” is to cling to the hope that someday I will be with God (who made me in the first place) and my “slowness” will not matter anymore.

So is this the end of the story ?

Not quite…. the MORE of my “scarce and limited time” I spend “studying” GOD and worshipping Him through Praise and Thanksgiving….. the happier I will be…. REGARDLESS of my circumstances on earth….. and since I cannot achieve all that I want to do anyway….. maybe it does not matter in the long run either.

Many “worldly successful” people view…  “God, the Bible and the Church” as a crutch for “inferior” people to hold on to…. “something they dont need and certainly do not have time for”.

These “successful” people (who we all envy) dont need God…. and they usually despise us as well…… no wonder it is “virtually impossible” for them to get into the Kingdom of Heaven…. and even if they could get there, they wouild not like it there…. because it would represent everything that they DESPISE.

Thank God today for everything He has done for you….. make a list of all the blessings you are enjoying… dont think you are being blessed ? …… just pick up a newspaper or turn on a TV….. trust me, you are blessed, there are many, many in a worse state than you.

time

I feel like there is never enough time…. many things I need to do are just not getting done as the months roll on…. and as for the things I like to do, well, I may NEVER have time for those !

and yet…. I refuse to  compromise my sleep, exercise and food regimen…. and my time with God…. gosh…. it would be SO easy to shorten my night’s sleep, skip exercise and gobble food (or miss it altogether)…. and what about prayer time, Bible study and praise and worship ?…. even if not cut-out entirely, surely cut-down (in order to get real with life)….

Instead… I step back and look at the bigger picture…. our whole existence here on Earth is to prepare us for eternity… which has a different value-system….  our time spent praising God and being His “arms and legs” on Earth is in fact the MOST IMPORTANT thing we could possibly do each day….  second in importance, is our bodily maintenance, without adequate sleep, food and exercise, how can we expect to function properly over the longterm ?

The people of Bible days had so much time on their hands….. but for us, it seems like the days are getting shorter and the years going by faster… and we are caught in the wirlwind.

Clearly, if there is insufficient time… SOMETHING will have to go…. does it matter if the car is washed or the house tidy ? do you really have to spend so much time talking to people ?…… examine priorities… and practice time managemnet… and here are some Bible verses to think about:

Luke 10:38 -42 “Now it came to pass, as they went…………… Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her”

Ephesians 5:15 – 17 “See, then, that ye walk circumspectly……. understanding what the will of the Lord is”

Psalm 89:47 “Remember how short my time is ! Why hast thou made all men in vain ?”

Psalm 63:1 “O God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee;…….”

Psalm 39:5 “Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth, and mine age is as nothing before thee….. ”

Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”

Isaiah 40:29-31 “He giveth power to the faint; and to those who have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

This last one…. I write it completely out (for those that do not look up any verses)

Let this be your comfort and experience today…. regardless of how much or little you accomplish.