I could in no way be described as a “high energy” person. My “To Do” list, on the other hand, demands more than I have to give. There are seasons when I have to take the days as they come and do what I can. Then there are seasons when I can be more disciplined with my time and more intentional with my energy.
This passage got me thinking, and praying, about how I use my time and energy:
“But we command you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from any brother who lives an undisciplined life and not according to the tradition they received from us. For you know yourselves how you must imitate us, because we did not behave without discipline among you and we did not eat anyone’s food without paying. Instead, in toil and drudgery we worked night and day in order not to burden any of you…For we hear that some of you are living an undisciplined life, not doing their own work but meddling in the work of others. Now such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and so provide their own food to eat. But you, brothers and sisters, do not grow weary in doing what is right.” 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 NET
I understand this passage does not apply specifically to me today. I am not idle (but I certainly waste time). I work at taking care of my family, a job I firmly believe I have been called to.
It is the spirit of the message that is speaking to me. Paul expected the brothers and sisters to act with discipline. They used their time for purpose. The Message translation states, “Friends, don’t slack off in doing your duty.” Paul did not say they could not have fun or enjoy life.
I feel called, as I meditate on this passage, to evaluate and pray over my schedule – and perhaps my attitude. It is time to review my “To Do” list and priorities, and identify where I may be slacking off.
Lord, Creator of all things, I look to you for guidance. Teach me to live a disciplined life, a life in which my time and energy are used in furthering your Kingdom. Reveal to me how to best use my time and give me the energy that I need to serve You. Show me any unrealistic expectations. For Your Glory.