“Zooming” is the word Father puts on my heart today, dear ones of faith!!! I chuckle as I think of how our Father at times moves us thru His Holy Spirit to zoom in and zoom out like the vision of a camera lens. It is making the right adjustments for capturing just the right scenario and that is certainly how the Holy Spirit moves us in life. Sometimes He moves us full steam ahead and sometimes He moves us at a slower pace or even at rest – it’s called divine pacing!!! Here is why it is important to always be focused on the Holy Spirit in setting the pace of our lives – zooming in or out as He leads us!!! 🙂
Pacing ourselves as runners on the “cross” road is important for several reasons:
- One reason to properly pace your self is to have enough energy to keep running the full length of the road of life. Life is absolutely full of good opportunities to be zealous about. WOOOHOOO!!! I can certainly get excited about going into life for Jesus!!! However, it is not good to have zeal without knowledge (Proverbs 19:2). Running too fast can lead to worn-out bodies, poor health and feelings of burn out (lack of joy), causing us to stop running too soon. God does not call us to self-destruct, to deny authentic feelings and legitimate needs, or give up healthy activities and life-giving relationships. If we are running too fast, we can also become careless – not doing any one thing to God’s glory because we are trying to do too much. We need to ask God to show us the proper pace and for wisdom to choose the best over the good and the better!!! If we go at the right time as we are Holy Spirit ready, it will be divine timing!!! Paul told the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 14:40 that “Everything should be done in an orderly and fitting way.” He also told them in 1 Corinthians 10:31 that “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Oh I love bringing Father glory, how about you?!! If we are not able to bring glory to God in what we are doing, or if we are neglecting other important areas of life because we are too busy or too preoccupied, we should reconsider what we are doing. Sometimes the reason we are always running too fast is because we are “people pleasers” rather than God pleasers. YIKES!!! LET US WATCH OUT FOR THAT, DEAR ONES!!! When this happens, we allow people to control us and we need to learn how to say the word “no” when appropriate. We are called to live by faith in God’s call to say no to someone if He tells us to. This means going against the sinful nature and fear to slow down (say no), which may offend or displease someone who is putting pressure on you to go, go, go. It is better to displease a person than God! A great resource to help with this issue is the book entitled “Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald.” Along with many good insights, this book challenges you to think through why you are doing what you do. Does your self inwardly drive you or are you summoned by the voice of God?
- Not running fast enough can also be described as being lazy. Romans 12:11 tells us “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” People have different energy levels and health limitations and God understands these things. We need to listen to His voice in determining His will for how He wants us to run based on these issues. He can also provide us what is needed to carry out His purpose for us!!! After He shows us the proper pace given these considerations, we need to do our best to follow through as there are people who need God working through us in this world and God wants to be glorified through how we live our lives. Here are some good reasons not to be lazy:
- Ecclesiastes 10:18 says that “If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.” Proverbs 10:4 says “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 tells us not to be a burden to other people “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” Paul told the Thessalonians “not to associate with this brother who will not work, in order that he may feel ashamed.” God does not want us to waste our life, but use the talents that He has given to us to their fullest potential (Matthew 25:14-30). In Hebrews 6:12 we read “do not become lazy, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” God promises to reward us with eternal blessing for our work. In Hebrews 6:10 we are told “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” When we are lazy and don’t run God’s road of purpose for us, we not only miss out on God’s reward, but also we miss out on seeing many things along the way that will bless our lives – the beauty of seeing others blessed, the joy that comes to us from serving the Lord and others, the many miracles of the Lord that strengthen our faith and the experiences that help us to grow spiritually. All good and exciting reasons to get a move on!!!
If we are stuck in a rut of laziness, we can ask God to give us a push or a hand of help to get us out of it so that we can move on in our running. We will be glad we did!!! His Holy Spirit fire gets me fired up inside to step out in my purpose and for me, it is hard not to!!! HOOORRRAAAHHH!!! LET’S GO FOR JESUS!!! I LOVE THAT!!! I’M DIVING IN AS JESUS GUIDES ME WITH YA’S!!! 🙂
As runners, we may be asked to speed up temporarily or slow down at times in order to get us through certain places. God knows in His wisdom that an appropriate pace is important for long-term running!!!
How is His Spirit moving you today??? Oh I love it when God is on the move as this song says here – it’s always at the just-right pace!!! Sooo proud of YOU for pacing life with the Holy Spirit moving your heart whether on the go or on the rest and then on the go, go, go and on the rest and so on and so on and so on for the divine life!!! HOW FUN LIFE IS WITH JESUS!!! Going with Jesus, too, as He moves my heart!!! HAVE FUN WHERE HE LEADS YA!!!