And now for something completely different … not really


I thought about posting a joke today, since it’s April Fool’s Day, but I’ve never been very good at playing pranks on people. And at the moment, my focus is being pulled in so many different directions, I can’t spare the creativity to come up with something clever. Ever feel like that? Like you’re so busy there’s no way you can ever get it all done? Like you have so much to do it’s more likely that you’ll drown in a sea of paperwork and computer keyboards before you finish anything?

It’s good to be busy, but being too busy is never a good idea. But how busy is too busy? What does too busy look like?

There’s no easy answer to that question because “too busy” varies from person to person. I can’t speak for you, but I can speak for me. And I’m too busy.

This always happens to me. I pile on tasks and projects because I don’t know where my limits are. Well, for the first time in my adult life, I’m taking the initiative to put my foot down. I have the authority to say enough is enough. I can decide to try something new, but that’s hard for me.

I don’t like change. I like doing things the same way they’ve always been done until it becomes blatantly obvious that the old way isn’t working anymore. And even then I’m stubborn enough that I’ll keep on keeping just for spite. But does that honor God? Does God really prefer that we keep plugging away at an important calling with ineffective tools?

I started Always Peachy Devotionals in January 2011. Since that day I have written a blog post every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. Granted, I’ve missed some. But for the most part, I was pretty consistent.

I’ve stubbornly held on to the rationale that I didn’t need to change anything about the devotional posts. But I didn’t ask God what He wanted me to do. For months, I’ve heard His whisper at the back of my mind telling me that I could reduce the number of posts I was doing, but I tuned Him out. Surely I’d heard Him wrong. Surely He couldn’t actually want me to cut down on my devotional posts. The devotional posts are usually the only thing I write that people actually read, right? (No, of course not, but it’s easy to think that way when you’re already feeling discouraged.)

Recently my prayer has been for God to close my eyes and my heart and open my ears. When I see something that needs to be done, I jump ahead to accomplish it. When I feel strong emotions of any sort, I jump ahead of God to fix problems on my own. When I hear God, most of the time, He doesn’t want me to jump at all.

So I asked God to help me listen to His voice, and I heard Him.

[su_pullquote align=”right”]So I asked God to help me listen to His voice, and I heard Him. [/su_pullquote]

Starting next week, the Always Peachy devotionals will happen three times a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays will be reserved for other blogging topics. But God is really pressing a new concept into my heart.

My blog posts are often compartmentalized. God and following Jesus and trusting His Word are often concepts that stay in my devotional posts and don’t always make it to my other blog post topics. Well, that’s changing too. Jesus is integral in every moment of my life. So why shouldn’t He be integral in every blog post I write too?

I don’t like new things at first. They’re hard to get used to. It’s like a new pair of shoes that pinch your toes until you’ve broken them in a bit. But the truth is, God loves news things. He loves doing new things in our lives.

Consider what He says in Isaiah 43:18-19, “But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

God’s people had to obey the Old Covenant. Yes, the Old Covenant was good, and it provided a way for people to follow God before Jesus came to earth. But the Old Covenant wasn’t complete. The Old Covenant, or the old agreement that God had made with man, didn’t take away sins. It just put them on credit, so to speak.

With the New Covenant, the better agreement, the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our sins were forgiven. Completely. Irreversibly.

God likes new things. God likes new ways of doing things. He’s in the business of renewal, so why wouldn’t He be interested in doing something differently if it works better than the old way?

So don’t be afraid to try something new today. Open your ears to hear God’s voice. You might be surprised what He asks you to do. Maybe it’s not the way you’ve always done it. Maybe it’s not the way your parents or grandparents did it. But if it doesn’t contradict God’s Word, and if it has the potential to help others, do it.