October?!? How in the world is it October already?
I possess a “to do” list a mile long of tasks I want to accomplish by year’s end, but that list is strangely still too long.
How has this happened?
Goodness, even this post has been percolating in my head for a few days, and here it is the morning of and my laptop blinker greets me on a blank page instead of a completed post.
I’ve stuffed my days with good things, truly, but they obviously weren’t the best things. Thankfully, with the finish line of December 31 looming larger each day, new resolve has fueled my tank.
I love what Jesus said to God the Father as He acknowledged His time was drawing closer to the cross:
“I glorified You on earth,
having accomplished the work that You gave me to do.”
Accomplished. Isn’t that a satisfying word? Broken down the verb accomplish means: to carry through completely, to finish, bring to an end. Jesus had the correct perspective, “I glorified You… the work You gave me to do.” He was single-minded, glorifying God the Father. That single-mindedness fueled His drive to be able to look back on His work and feel accomplished.
There is an old saying I’m sure you’ve heard and perhaps even uttered, “They are so heavenly-minded, they are no earthly good.” Somehow this faulty thinking has even crept into Christian circles. But Jesus squashed this subtle lie! Jesus was so heavenly-minded, He accomplished enough earthly good for all of mankind!
That’s the secret ingredient we need if we desire to finish this year strong, be heavenly-minded. A heaven-minded focus so that each day our heart yearns, “What do you want me to accomplish today so that I can bring You glory, Lord?”
There is a verse tucked into Psalm 90 which paints the bulls-eye on our target of finishing the year strong.
“Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
If we aspire to be like Jesus and be so heavenly-minded we accomplish much good on this earth, we must cultivate a compliant heart tender to God’s leading through our day. This way we can wisely fill it with the best activities to complete what He desires to accomplish through us.
How do we gain a heart of wisdom? By bossing our lazy bones to get out of the bed before we have to so we can sit at God's feet, soaking in His Word, silent in His presence, ready to receive His teaching.
Elizabeth Elliott, a godly woman who lived with a heaven-minded focus, accomplished much good on this earth. In her jewel of a book, Discipline, she debunked the lie we too often utter, “I don’t have time.” In her no-nonsense fashion, she stated, “There’s always time to do the will of God.”
But she’s correct. Her quote points us to Jesus as He was bent over in fervent prayer, being so heavenly-minded as He stared death in the face, saying, “Your will, not mine.” When He could have stayed focused on himself, He instead returned His focus onto God's will. What glorious good He did for all of us who have tread on this green earth by accomplishing what the Father had given Him to do, die on the cross bearing my sins and yours.
Like Jesus, "There's always time to do the will of God."
Therefore, my new mantra is going to be, “There’s always time for Tammy to do the will of God.” I think I’m going to print it and frame it and hang it in a spot where my eyes will fall upon it to remind me, "Be so heavenly-minded, Tammy, that you are earthly good.”
In fact, I'm so excited by this new mantra, that I asked Rebecca to whip up a copy so you too can download it, print it, frame it, and hang it in a spot where you can easily see it. The link is below.
Join me, my friend, in finishing this year strong! Apply this secret so you too can be so heavenly-minded that you accomplish much for the Lord while here on earth. May we together say, "There's always time for me to do the will of God."
Tammy Valdivia - Jesus Girl. Wife. Momma. Student. Teacher. Lover of milky coffee, dark chocolate, lively laughter, deep talks, and a front row seat on the beach at sunrise.
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