Tuesday, August 20, 2013

When Life Gets Crowded by Martin Wiles

What happens when one man reluctantly agrees to thrift store shop with two ladies?

With only a week before school resumes—and wanting to spend as much time with my wife as possible, I consented to accompany her and a friend on a thrift store shopping spree. Soon, multiple boxes, a wheelbarrow, an antique radio cabinet, six couch cushions, and a green chair struggled for room in the back of our SUV. And the couch? The only place left: the roof. But at least it was secure. A young lad who happened to be an Eagle Scout tied it down with electrical cord and neckties—the only “rope” the employees could muster.

But “treasures” from thrift stores are the least of my worries when it comes to a crowded life. David must have felt the same way when he cried out for God’s guidance. Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow (Psalm 25:4 NLT).

Loss of perspective usually follows a crowded life. I’ve found myself running from one event to another, juggling meetings, trying to usher the kids to their respective functions, saying yes too many times, and endeavoring to juggle work and school. Inevitably, mental, emotional, and physical issues crop up. Before long, the crowdedness zaps my energy, and I’m almost useless to anyone.

The cure is unpacking and unloading—which is what we did as soon as we returned to our respective homes. Life holds a great number of good things for me to contribute my time and talents to, but I can’t execute them all. Only God can direct me down the path to the ones he wants me to fulfill.

Are you running in too many directions and getting crowded out in the process? Let God help you unpack what doesn’t fit his plan.

Prayer: All knowing God, we trust You to help us uncrowd our lives when they become too cluttered for comfort.

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