Know well the condition of your flock, and pay attention to your herds.
It is easy for any of us to be distracted from the matters at hand, from the chief responsibilities we have been entrusted with. Character is revealed, however, in the capacity to continually concentrate on central concerns of our lives, among which are: marriage and family, key relationships in life, work responsibilities, and church connections.
Any number of things may divert our focus – a sense of frustration of not being able to accomplish what we desire, a simple loss of interest in matters, the seeming romance of another venture, personality conflicts – but “drudgery is the touchstone of character.”
Some ideas for rediscovering the joy and sense of responsibility in handling your responsibilities:
· Thank God for the key relationships and opportunities He has entrusted into your hands. Lay aside, if only briefly, the unpleasant aspects of these things, take off the whiner’s mask, and just spend time thanking God for them each. You will be surprised how often this act alone changes your perspective.
· Consider the people your responsibilities protect and help. Life is not just about you. We work together as family, as society, and as Christians. Some ones are counting and depending on you performing your duty, just as you are depending on others.
· Re-discover the sense of adventure in your marriage, in your parenting, in your job, in your relationships, and in your church. Work as unto the Lord in all areas of your life.
· Take Christ with you into each and every situation. No challenge is too big for Him, even the challenge of dealing with the routine details of life. You will find God’s strength there if you lean upon Him.
Lord, let us become experts at happily taking care of the matters at hand, the people and responsibilities you have entrusted to our care. Amen