In the past I was a lazy person. Spontaneous, fun, and with plenty of time to sit and fellowship with God because my to-do list was always so short, I wasn’t even tempted to make life about work.
But the more involved I’ve gotten with writing and all the miscellaneous tasks required of a writer—marketing, editing, techy stuff, etc.—the more I’ve struggled with keeping God first in my life.
I’m guessing you’ve struggled with similar issues. If you’re the spontaneous, fun type, you may struggle with making God first and serving others because you just want to have fun and service isn’t always fun.
If you’re the worker type, then you probably experience some of the same struggles I’ve been having lately. Here is a journal exercise that will help, no matter which side of the coin you fall on.
- Read “Learning to Live Flexibly and Intentionally” by Marilyn Gardner at the “A Life Overseas: The Missions Conversation” Blog.
- Do you tend to be more of a planner or a spontaneous, let’s-have-fun person?
- How does your tendency affect your relationship with God and your morning (or afternoon or evening) quiet times with Him?
- If you’re a planner, how does your unwillingness to bend and be flexible affect your relationships with the people you love (or could potentially love)? If you’re a spontaneous person, how does your unwillingness to plan affect your relationships (or potential relationships)?
- Read Philippians 4:11-13. Is there anything you need to learn to be content with to love God and others better? Explain.
- Read the quote by Dallas Willard in the blog post and also read Philippians 4:13 again. One of all of our goals is to walk through life in fellowship with God, working alongside Him, visiting with Him while we work, relying on Him for each day’s set of problems. What would this look like in your own life and how would it change your life if you were to learn to live this way? Or if you’re already living this way, how has God already changed your life?
- Is there anything God wants you to change about the way you do life? If so, what?
Question: Do you tend to be a planner or a spontaneous person? Since I now have the faults (and some of the strengths) of both categories, do you have any tips for me?