A Full Life – Colossians 3

I have a full life, as I’m sure most of you do. As a mom of three little ones, a wife of an amazing and very hard-working husband, and a person with a part-time job, sometimes there seems to be no time for anything else. There always seems to be dishes to do, food to make, diapers to change, work to be done and the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong, I love my full life. It means I have people to love and people who love me; it’s simply sometimes a little too full and maybe a little overwhelming. The question I have often wrestled with is, “What do you do when there’s simply too much to do?” Lately, God has been shining a huge spotlight on Colossians 3. It starts off with a bang, “Seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above.” So, first thing I do when I’m overwhelmed with my full life: reset. Take a breath and refocus on those things that are of heavenly consequence. One day, when I die and I see Christ face to face, the dirty dishes in my sink will be inconsequential, but the love of God in the hearts of my children will be of eternal value. The next part of the chapter challenges me a lot. It says “put to death anything that comes from sinful desires” and then goes into actions we should not be portraying as Christians, but THEN it talks about what life should look like as a Christian: love, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness, thankfulness, and peace. So, number two, after I take a minute to reset and see things from a heavenly perspective, I take into consideration my response. Is this a response fueled from the Holy Spirit with in me, or is it fueled from my fleshly nature? I need to focus on how the Holy Spirit would have me act towards people and situations especially when I’m overwhelmed and busy. The next piece of the chapter is so small, I almost missed it as I was reading. “Let the Word of God dwell in you richly in all wisdom.” I’ve heard it said that there are important things and there are urgent things, and if you have the choice, choose the important over the urgent. This is hard for me, but I have seen untold benefits. Number three: if you are overwhelmed with the list of “To Do’s” and life in general, take time to dwell in the Word. Stop what you are doing. Sit down. Dwell in His Word. It will benefit you a million times over. Colossians 3:17 is one of my favourite verses. “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do all in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” A full life brings SO many blessings and so many challenges, however, whatever you find yourself doing, work at it for God, not people. The chapter ends with a word of caution that we should live in love, respect and obedience (depending on who we are dealing with) and do everything “heartily” knowing that God rewards us. 

Conclusion? Having a full, sometimes overwhelming and busy life is my biggest blessing and often I need to turn to God for help. Here’s my practical tips from Colossians 3:

  1. Be heavenly minded
  2. Respond in love (listen to how the Holy Spirit would have me react)
  3. Dwell in the Word
  4. Work for God, not people
  5. Be respectful and loving

-Alyssa Edward

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