Monday, February 18, 2008

Your Do is Not Your Who

I did it again. I went to one of my favorite places and had an amazing day. I’ve already noted that Destin is one of my favorite shopping meccas. Saturday’s trip to Destin didn’t involve shopping, but a women’s conference hosted by our area Aglow International. The speaker, Mary Forsythe, of Dallas, had an awesome message. I’m sure I have more to share than you have time to read, so I’ll just hit a few highlights.

Performance mentality is something I am all too familiar with. In the business world, we are taught that results are the measuring stick and dollars are the scorecard for success. God’s economy is so very different. He cares about character, relationships, love, joy, peace…an entirely different system! I learned years ago that who we really are is not determined by what we do. Mary stated it very simply: “Your Do is not Your Who and Your Who is Not Your Do!” Got that? So simple yet so profound.

Mary exhorted me to awaken to my strength. (Yes- she was addressing the group but it was delivered so personally that I took notes in first person.) That entails being confident in my God-given purpose and embracing an understanding of my appointed position. We all have many positions; I am a wife, mother, businesswoman, friend, volunteer, bookeeper, cook, musician, etc. Success in any and all of these areas requires knowing my position in the Kingdom of God for such a time as this.

Our lives are both vertical and horizontal. We are designed to need wholeness in both aspects of living. My time is as valuable as gold and I need to schedule it accordingly. Investing in the truly important things.

The profound truths flowed that day. Straight into my heart. What a gift.


Anonymous said...

This is a truth that I'm hanging on to every day. That and "to everything there is a season."

I'm in mommy season right now, and there is NOTHING on earth I'd rather do than stay hom with my baby, even though I still work outside the home. There is nothing more important that I can do with my life than to raise a child to love and have faith in our almighty God.

Despite the fact that I once upon a time thought I would change the world, I now realize that if each of us raised God fearing children, the world wouldn't be in such a mess in the first place.

Perhaps one day I will be a tiny part of God's plan on what others might consider a bigger playing field, but that is for God to work out and for me to tread lightly. I don't seek it. Or even really desire it. Although I can't help but still feel it.

But for today, I am whole just being who God has called me to be today. No matter what the world thinks.

Thanks for the reminder!

BeverlyDru said...

Heather, I can say with confidence that your priorities are right on. You will never regret time invested in your child(ren). That is our way to change the world... one person at a time.