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Infomercial Personified

Café Menu for Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Today’s Special is: But Wait! There’s More!
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Noelle Dey
Main Ingredient:

Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:6 NLT

Entrée:

I’m embarrassed to admit that I watch infomercials.

But I’m more embarrassed to admit that my life became an infomercial.

“She’s not only a wife and a mom, but she’s a full-time employee and she has a fitness ministry!  But wait . . . there’s more!  She says, ‘Yes!’ without praying and she rarely considers the costs.  She not only agrees to lead Bible studies, but she chooses to write them herself . . . even when God doesn’t ask her!  But wait . . . there’s more!  She’s afraid to let others down, so she’s depleted of every fruit of the Spirit by 3:00pm!”

Sigh.

Ginzu knives seem more appealing, right?

Four years ago, that was my life.  No joke.

Each request that came my way made an impact on God’s kingdom and I wanted nothing more than to please the Lord.  My intentions were good.  My discernment wasn’t.

Multi-tasking might work in certain circumstances.  But it wreaked havoc when I tried to multi-task my faith.  Looking back, I can see which ministries had my name on them and which ones didn’t.

On the positive side, things got done.  And, thank heaven I didn’t get graded.

On the not-so-positive side, I lived like Pig-Pen from the Peanuts cartoon.  I left a cloud of dust and debris wherever I went.  I snapped at my family.  I lost my joy in serving.  Even worse, I took away opportunities for others to serve.

In God’s graciousness, He gently convicted me.  He whispered,

Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:6 NLT

I agreed with God.  Chasing the wind is exhausting.  But I still didn’t know how to discern when I should say “yes” and when I should decline.  I also reminded God that everyone around me multitasks (in case He graded on a curve).

Softly, He replied,

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what (My) will is—(My) good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2 NIV

Take Out:

Are you invigorated as you show God’s love to others?

If you’re exhausted, or if you look in the mirror and Pig Pen smiles back, will you pray Romans 12:2 with me?

Dessert:

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You that Your ways are upside down from the world’s standards.  Thank You that when we rest and wait on You, You will renew our minds and we will be able to test and approve what Your good, pleasing and perfect will is.  Help us to stay in that sweet spot and to step away from the infomercial of multi-tasking our faith.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

For more encouragement, check out Noelle’s book: Transformation by Truth: 30 days to a healthy heart, mind and body

© 2013 by Noelle Dey.  All rights reserved.

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