Re-upping On Remaining
Of all the things I see plague 20-somethings it is the need to move when they really should stay.
My 11 day old daughter, Georgia is a wiggler. Even when I was pregnant with her, her "parties" as I called them were wild. She would flail about her arms and legs and I could feel each kick. Now that she is out in our world little has changed. I will swaddle her and hold her close to comfort her and sing over her, but she still wants to wiggle. There's no way to tell this little one that the best thing for her sleep and rest is to just relax and remain in my arms.
I'm pretty sure that if you add 20 years to this habit, little changes for us as adults. We love to move. Squirm. Wiggle out of our circumstance, whatever it might be.
It might be a job we hate. It might be a job we just tolerate. It may be a season where we are taking care of a loved one. It might be a waiting period before the "next" thing begins (school, internships, vacations). It might be a season where we are wading through old wounds. Whatever the season, we as a people, would prefer to move on then remain.
Paul puts it this way:
Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts. Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is recognize the season and place that God has assigned us, and obey, be faithful, and remain.
Today ask yourself two questions:
1.) What is it God has given (assigned) you?
In other words, what in your Spirit do you know is yours to take care of now? School? Overcoming debt? Taking care of family? Sprinting towards a ministry goal? Clearly define what it is Jesus is laying at your feet to steward.
2.) What are you going to do about it?
Now that you know your "assignment" ask yourself if you want to do the homework. Are you going to phone in at the job or be faithful? Are you going to be salt and light to your co-workers or check out in front of your iPhone? Are you going to deal with that sin or wound or just "wiggle" out of it and continue to let it fester in your life?
Today may you choose to accept assignment, to be faithful, and to re-up on the POWER of remaining.