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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


By Rose McCormick Brandon
May 13, 2012

As a young, zealous Christian, I said yes to almost everything — hosting a home Bible study, leading an international Christian women’s group, being active in our local Parent Teacher Association, teaching at my church, singing in the choir. Name a Christian activity, and I’ve probably been involved in it at some point in my life.

Besides what I considered godly activities, I knew my three children were my real priority. And each of them had sports, music and other activities that required my attendance.

I can honestly say that I didn’t do these things out of obligation, but out of sincere love for Jesus and a desire for others to discover this amazing life in Jesus. But even with the best of intentions, I was headed toward a wall. In spite of my lofty motives as a mom and a follower of Christ, eventually, over-commitment left me exhausted.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule” (Matthew 5:3, The Message).

Feeling at the end of my rope caused me to reconsider my involvements. I took the summer off from my job (I forgot to mention that I also worked). Over those two leisurely months, I found myself learning to enjoy life again, learning to breath deeply, to rediscover the magic of creation.

While lounging on the beach and sitting beside nightly campfires, I decided to cut back my overly busy schedule. When I returned home, I said no to many less-important things so that I could say yes to God’s focus for my life.

I still found myself tending to become overly busy, unwilling to disappoint people by saying no, and some projects appealed to me so much I wanted to say yes. Pruning my calendar wasn’t an easy, one-time experience. I’ve had to do it many times.

Perhaps you find yourself at a similar juncture. You’ve built up a series of responsibilities as a mother and as a committed Christ-follower. Certainly, there is never reason to neglect a task Christ gives. But, perhaps, there are secondary tasks on which you have inadvertently placed the label of a priority. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you prune down that list and rediscover His true desires for your day.

With summer approaching and the school year winding down, could this be a good time for you to reconsider what your new schedule should look like? We can’t do our best at anything if we try to do everything.

Maybe this prayer can guide that process: “Lord, help me to become quiet enough to hear from You about the main focus of my life. Let my thoughts drift in You and find joy in the miracles that surround me. As I prune excess from my life, I lean on Your wisdom for guidance.”

ROSE McCORMICK BRANDON and her husband, Doug, live in Caledonia, Ontario.

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