Impatient and disorganized. A couple ongoing weaknesses of mine that I’ve been working on lately with God’s help. When I’m getting overwhelmed with my kids not listening well enough, or not learning fast enough, my impatience shows up. When the sorted piles of stuff become one big unsorted mess, my disorganization looms large once again. These weaknesses may be a reason why I seek out lists, points, alliteration, and summaries.
When I typed “summarize” into the thesaurus on my computer it came up with “to sum up, encapsulate, put in a nutshell, give the gist of, condense” to name a few. Too many details, whether in an instructional manual, a lecture, a meeting or even in a conversation tend to bog me down, possibly because of my impatience to get on to my agenda and maybe because my disorganized mind can only handle the main points.
Reading through the book of 1 Peter recently, I realized how many lists he gives, summaries to remind us of what matters. I found myself underlining these again and again. A list! Something to hang on to, a few specifics I can concentrate on without getting overwhelmed. Ah, simplicity.
Now, ‘simple’, as we all know, doesn’t mean ‘easy’. There is always the need for trust and dependence on our God, but as we read through his word and listen for his voice in the quiet moments, he will show us “in a nutshell” what we need to do for that day.
Here are a few “scriptures that summarize”–how many more can you find this week?
Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless-that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8,9 (The Message)
Prayer: Lord our God, you are so much more than our little minds can fathom. You know we are as the flowers of the field, here today, gone tomorrow. Thank you for giving us both details and summaries in your word. Give us strength to love you, love others and serve our world.
Contributed by Heather Armour
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