Avoiding Busyness (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 7)

This blog has been temporarily overtaken by my Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Challenge.  You can find out more by checking out the Introduction.

If you’re like me having “nothing” going on seems rather boring.  Especially if you’re in the business of accomplishing change.  Today has been a lesson in me not trying to make things happen.  By the time most of my day was over, I told the Lord, “Lord, where should I go to do something to blog about today?” While I didn’t get a response, I sensed the Lord’s hand rest on me like a dad trying to put the breaks on an over-caffienated teenager.  The only thing I can describe to you is that it seemed like the Lord wanted me to understand that it was important not to go out and “make something happen.”

That’s what this whole journey has been about in the first place, right?  Slowing down and listening so that the activity that does happen actually has the marks of Jesus on it.  And while activity is nice, I’m not in this for nice events or human made agendas.  God works on a different plane and that’s what I’m attempting to tap into.

On a different note, yesterday in prayer I felt the presence of the Lord come into the room in a unique way that I haven’t sensed in a while.  It was really refreshing and in my mind it’s an indicator that the Lord is up to something, though, what that is I’m not sure.  All of that to say, make sure you enjoy His presence and really break past just the silence into an actual encounter with Jesus.  It’s a world of difference that will change your world.

How about you?  Have you been experiencing God’s presence as you’ve been listening?  And how have you combated the need to feel busy?

Join us on the “Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness” experiment.  For the rest of September we are spending 30 minutes in silent prayer listening to Jesus and then acting on what He asks us to do.  Then we blog about the changes that are occurring in our lives through the marriage of listening and obedience.  It’s not too late.  If you’re just checking out that experiment feel free to jump in.  And if you want more information, you can check it out here.

Photo Credit: Calendar by Adreanna Moyer Photography


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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

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