Monday, August 30, 2010
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Genesis 2:2
As I sat in church this morning, our preacher mentioned God creating the vast universe and I got to thinking (I know, I should have been paying attention and believe me my mind didn't wander far before I got back to taking notes for the sermon.) about the absolute humongous, vastness of the job of creating the universe.
For someone with ADHD, cleaning house can be staggering, but can you imagine being responsible for the whole universe and everything in it working in perfect tandem?
There is a lot we can learn from how God did it. Most of it's common sense, but I think sometimes we try to make the Bible more convoluted and difficult than it needs to be.
First He broke the big job into smaller more manageable jobs. Now, I couldn't create a fly even on my best day, but let's say I have a basement that is full of assorted sized boxes and stuff from family members over the past 80 years, including my own junk. So to me, that is overwhelming because my mind sees only the big job. Not the little steps along the way.
That is the first thing God did. On the first day He only focused on the firmament and the light and darkness. He didn't dabble with cattle designs and colors for pebbles on this day, He focused on the one area and only it.
With cleaning out my closet recently I had to break it into sections. Shirts one week, pants and skirts the next, and then dresses.
After He finished His goal for the day, he quit. He didn't try to get a head start on the next day's work. He didn't try to make up for what He didn't get done the day before (not that God has that problem, only we do). One day at a time.
And once He finished, He didn't sit back and mock His efforts or moan about how He could have done better or apologize to anyone for how it turned out. He looked for the good and since He is God, it was all good and said it was good. Gave Himself permission to relax for the rest of the day.
So what can we learn from God and His Creation?
Break big jobs into small ones. Make goals and set up small steps to reach that goal, other wise that goal will be unrealized. God has called you for a purpose, it's your job to please Him and "Gettr done". So make a plan. If your brain doesn't break big jobs up easily, like mine, ask for help from a trusted friend.
Focus on one thing at a time. The more you try to multi-task, the more diluted your efforts become as you add more jobs. Then your attention isn't really on what you should be doing. If you set aside two hours for writing (as per your goals), then WRITE for those two hours, not pick the lint off your favorite black jacket you just found crammed under the couch cushion when you chased your pen down there.
When you finish that step, or check it off your to-do list, let it go and move on.
And look for the good in everything. It's always there. And a positive outlook will erase years from your face and mind and make you a more appealing person to be around. It will also be easier to tell others about Christ because people will want to be around you, to know the secret of your peace and happiness.
Hope you guys have a great week and as always, if you have a prayer request please post it in the comments and I will be happy to pray for you. If it is of a personal nature and you'd rather contact me privately, please send the request to joyinhim (at) gmail (dot) com.