It began like most other days; I realized with great resignation that there were, as usual, many more items on my to-do list than hours and energy with which to complete them.
And then, somehow, I remembered it was the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of my all-time favorite Marian celebrations.
Encouraged, I did something I hadn’t done in ages: I asked Mama Mary to grant me extra grace in my vocation because, honestly, I needed all the help I could get. It had been a rough few weeks with no relief in sight. I hoped the Blessed Mother would take pity on her overextended child and throw me a spiritual bone or 12.
Wouldn’t you know it? The Queen of Heaven and Earth heard my cry and answered in the most gentle and powerful way. Throughout the day, I heard the Holy Spirit whispering simple promptings into my heart. The most peace, joy, and satisfaction that day happened when I heeded and obeyed God’s voice.
Now I know what you’re thinking: I experienced peace and joy by listening to and — gasp — obeying God? Yes; I get it. An amazing concept, right? But as I have likely proved via previous content in this space, I’m a bit slow on the uptake. Things just don’t quite sink into my stubborn head … until they do.
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Too much of a good thing can be … bad? Here are some sure signs it’s time to reconsider all the time and energy you’re spending on that REALLY IMPORTANT THING in your life:
1) When it turns your attention away from your relationship with God: “Don’t worry, Heavenly Father – I’ll be right there. I just have to work on this REALLY IMPORTANT THING first.”
2) When it sucks away energy you need for your relationship with your spouse: “Sorry, Honey – no time to chat; I’m off to such-and-such meeting for my REALLY IMPORTANT THING for the second time this week. Be back soon!”
3) When it hijacks your thoughts and renders you “here yet not present” with your kids: “What were you saying, Jack? You got a prize in the math competition today? I’m sorry, Mommy it is a bit distracted with her REALLY IMPORTANT THING lately. We’ll go to Burger Hut later – after I catch up on my to-do list – to celebrate.”
There are, certainly, many truly important things that God wants us to be doing. We just need to prayerfully discern which things are important to Him first.
In Scripture, it tells us that where our hearts are, so will our treasure be. I want my treasure to be in Heaven! Because, even though there are so many REALLY IMPORTANT THINGS to do here on Earth and so little time to get them all done, I want to serve my Heavenly Father in Spirit AND in Truth … in word AND in deed.
Which REALLY IMPORTANT THINGS in your life is God asking you to cut back on, detach from, give up this Lenten season so you may draw closer to Him?
As for me, I need to close this really important blog so I can go change a REALLY stinky diaper.