Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Scripture


"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life."
~ Galations 6:4-5  from The Message 
        Some real food for thought, huh? I've been chewing on this verse all week. I had written it out on a note card years ago and stuck it inside my linen cupboard door along with a lot of other paraphernalia over the years, but this week it caught my eye as if it were brand new. Perhaps because I feel pulled in so many different directions. The summer is over and done. I'm once again juggling a full-time, career-calling to teach as well as maintaining my relational roles as wife, daughter, sister, friend, in-law, church member.... and the list goes on. It seems for every single role I fill in this life, there are a million different facets of responsibility that go along with it. Wife, for example, is also synonymous with cook, homemaker, budget balancer, bill payer, laundress, and more. Teacher means tidying up loose ends from the school day hours after the children have all gone home. Don't get me wrong. I treasure every role I have been given. But it can be overwhelming, too, which makes it easy for me to get caught in the trap of comparing myself to other teachers, wives, daughters, and friends who appear to be keeping up with it all far better than I. By participating in this negative cycle of comparison, I end up putting myself down and feeling lousy on all counts.  (Doesn't help I am a neat freak. Makes it hard for me to truly relax when I see things undone everywhere).  
        As I fall into the rhythm of another school year, it is going to be imperative for me to focus on the things I am doing well and try to curb my habit of negative comparisons by replacing them with positive thoughts that focus on the good many things that I have managed to accomplish in spite of a packed schedule. It also means I am going to have to weed out the less important items that can seem so urgent, but are in reality something that won't be bothered with a year from now. 
        It will take a lot of prayer, but isn't that what a thorn in our flesh (as the Apostle Paul dubbed such continual issues) is supposed to accomplish? A closer walk with our Lord and Savior?  So I am committing this school year into His hands like never before and praying fervently for his Spirit to guide my thoughts along positive pathways so I can have the strength, wisdom, grace, and energy to run this race with joy. 
May you ever draw closer to Him!


P.S. In case you are wondering, this version of Galations 6:4-5 is from Eugene Peterson's The Message which is more of a modern paraphrase of the Bible than an actual translation. I like to read The Message as a commentary on the KJV or NLT versions. Can sometimes help me broaden my understanding of the passage or put it in a deeper perspective. If you are not familiar with it, I recommend it highly. 


7 comments:

  1. A good Word, for me today, too, Aurora. I like the Message for the same reasons you do. It amazes me that even in "retirement" from work that provides more income, I still find balancing the investment of my life challenging. Every day seems to fly by and I compare my achievements or lack thereof with others...but the question I need to answer is, "Am I investing my life in what you are calling me to, Lord?" ...an exciting challenge!
    Blessings on you and yours as you launch into a new school year,
    Gracie x

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  2. Thanks for sharing this today! Will be keeping you in my prayers for a wonderful school year! Blessings, Heather

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  3. I don't know how you teachers do it ... but I admire you. :)

    God bless you and give you wisdom and discernment and balance in this new school year. And may we all "work heartily, as to the Lord".

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  4. I truly love the Message translation and what you have written. I can relate to being overwhelmed and feeling like I just don't measure up, but you are so right on with leaning into the Lord for everything you need. May God give you wisdom, strength and grace in your new year. Many blessings!

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  6. You are smart to think on this now and learn the lesson early. Once I hit 40, that's when I realized saying no was a good thing, taking time for myself was imperative and now at 46, I realize that everything does not need to get done each and every day. I can't keep up and I don't intend to make myself crazy trying. I taught kindergarten for 7 years and always seemed to be doing so much more after school time than other teachers. I never could understand that. Were they more organized or did I care too much? I figured out it was the latter -- I always have to give 100% and that requires a lot of time and commitment. I always overplanned and made sure that artwork and creativity were a part of every single lesson while other teachers did not want to do that. In fact, many of them felt I made them look bad by doing so much. All you can do with each day is to be your best and give your best ... and save a little time just for you! :) Best wishes, Tammy

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  7. What a thoughtful reminder to be content in what God has blessed us with in this life. It's a slippery slope when we compare...Thank you for your wonderful post, my sweet friend,
    Blessings,
    Carolynn

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