January 6, 2013 by Marci
The new year prompts some to make resolutions to do more – lose weight, work-out more, get organized, clean the house… Today, at church, our pastor challenged our entire congregation to do more this year, to make this a year of action. He presented the first step of our action plan this morning – Do Less.
Yep. Do Less. It gets better. He actually said these words next. “Don’t get caught being busy.”
My husband looked at me. Not because of the name of my blog, but because I keep getting caught being busy. It’s an accident. I promise. It just happens. Know what I mean?
Why Do Less To Do More
Sometimes, God says “Go” and “Do”. Sometimes, he says “Be still”. Too often, we are too busy to hear what God is trying to say to us. We get so busy doing what we think God wants us to do, we never actually stop and ask Him what He wants. We get stuck in a busy life of chaos and disorder.
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.–1 Corinthians 14:33
By doing less, we are taking time to be still and listen. We bring the peace back into our lives. We invite God back into our lives.
When God is present- not just present….When God is first in our lives, we can see the rest of our lives more clearly. Our actions are more meaningful, less busy.
How To Do Less
Our church is entering our “do less” period by taking a break from all extra activities except for Sunday and Wednesday services. We are all urged to take a break from whatever makes us busy, spend quality time with our families and spend quality time in prayer.
What are somethings that make us busy that we can take a break from? For me, it might be social media. It’s a huge busy part of my day. I can cut down to just a few minutes a day or I can fast it for a day or two at a time.
The kids might step away from video games or the computer for a while. Some people might turn off their phones after dinner until morning. Others might give up extra classes or lessons for a time.
Just think what might happen if we cut out the chaos and tried to “be still”. I’m looking forward to some family time and some time listening for what the Lord has to say to me. I’m excited to see what this new year brings!
Who wants to do less with me so we can do more?