I'm not saying that one shouldn't work...but I'm saying, in the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38-42, I can officially introduce myself as...Martha.
So hi, I'm Martha. No, not from the Brady Bunch, just good 'ol Martha, from the Biblical.....Bunch...
I won't lie, this transition is not a smooth one, but by God's grace, I'm learning.
One area pertaining to working played out in front of me recently:
My mom got a tape measure to measure her waist. She was holding it in her hand and said to me that she was told that it was good to start measuring 2 cm from the belly button.
She decided to take a guess of where 2 cm was by using her hand. Eventually she said, okay, I'll just estimate.
I watched her and said, "how about using the tape measure in your hand to measure 2 cm?"
She didn't get it at first and then she started laughing and realized that she could've just done that from the beginning.
It reminded me of the story of the Widow's Oil in 2 Kings 4:10.
Elisha heard the cry of the lady: "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
Elisha responded: “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
The lady said, “Your servant has nothing there at all, except a small jar of olive oil.”
Elisha tells the lady to go around asking the neighbors for empty jars. He tells her to pour the oil in the jars until they are filled.
When all the jars were filled, the oil stopped. She told Elisha, and he instructed her to sell the oil, to pay her debts, and that her and her sons could live on what was left.
So what's the connection between my mom and the Widow's oil?
Well, both of them had something in front of them that they could use in order to profit.
God has already placed something in front of you for profit, He has already given you a gift, an instrument, a book, a person, talent...etc. just something or even things, in order for you to use.
I was trying to go around me and I would think, "okay, so, next task I have to do is this and that!" and I would be so tired and warned out! Not a good idea!
Of course we have to be hard workers, but if God has given you the resources, (even if it's a "little bit" like the oil) we can be sure enough to rest that when we take hold of it, He will supply us with the direction, process, and we can start to see more coming out when we invest in the little that we have.
He never intends for us to be burned out, worried, and warned out about nothing, when really He can do it all for us!
For me, what's in front of me is the Word of God.
I feel like that's my starting point :-)
How about you?
What's your starting point?
Why don't you pray and ask God what's in front of you so you can start taking advantage of the great things He has given you!