Wednesday, October 9, 2013

All I Do--Everything--IS For an Audience of One

I especially value when God speaks one message through several avenues. He knows when I need more than one dose of His message to get me to listen.

photo by Mary Vee
Bozeman, Montana

Recently, one of the loops I'm connected with had a discussion about those difficult, annoying jobs we do. The one person lamented over a task, which admittedly ranked in this category.  The other friends counseled:

"There was a time when I had 3 kids 4 years and under. I was SUPER busy, but feeling very unproductive in my heart. So I started praying things like "Lord, I'm washing these dishes for you. Help me do it to the best of my ability." "Lord, I'm changing this diaper because you've given me this beautiful (and exhausting) child. Help me do it for you with the best of my ability", "Lord, I'm raking up these stupid leaves again. They're very beautiful. Help me do this for your glory." Pepper Basham

The next day, I found these words on Books & Such's blog:  (This is a quote from DiAnn Mills, award-winning author of over fifty books)

"When the jealousy demon nips at my heels, I simply have to remind myself that I'm writing for an audience of One, and He doesn't care how many books I've written, awards I've earned, or the times I've hit the best-seller list. What Go wants is obedience to use the gift He's given me to write the best story possible and to always glorify him in the process . . . ."

How timely that these two quotes came two days in a row.

We truly are blessed. Look out the window right now. No matter what the weather, no matter what chore/job needs to be done, can you see God's handiwork? Look hard. He's there. His blessing for providing a task that no matter how many times you will have to redo it (i.e. taking out the trash) it still can be done, and for this nano second--it is done!

Oh, can you feel the Savior smiling at you? 

Do you recall the numerous times the Bible tells us God looked at the whole world, seeking the righteous ones, the ones who are willing to obey despite the task?

 (list some more in the comment section)

I think God does this on a regular basis. Give Him a reason to think of you by warmly doing that task--again--for the five millionth time--the one that will have to be done again--in five minutes. 

Two different ways you can comment today: Don't leave me alone in our chat circle, come, sit, sip some virtual tea/coffee/juice.

List another person from the Bible whom God declared as a righteous one, or one who was chosen because they obeyed God.

List that nasty task you have to do today, the one you are doing...for an audience of One.


Janice said...

Moses was called and was faithful to perform his task (with a little help).

I will be washing dishes again today. Time to squirt out some Joy! Sometimes God gives me the treat of tiny bubbles that take flight as I squirt out the detergent.

Heather Marsten said...

Thank you for this post - I'd been discouraged by roadblocks in writing my manuscript (husband and kids), and other things - also just the memoir itself - thanks for the reminder that the only audience that really matters is God. This post is a keeper.

Heather Marsten said...

PS - shared this in Facebook. :)

KayM said...

I do love the way God gets his messages to us. If we are tuned in to Him, He has much to share along life's journey. Your post reminds me of my "word for the year", which is "work". One of the 3 Bible verses I chose to go with my word is Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,

Mary Vee Writer said...

Love your words..."Time to squirt out some Joy." Never thought about the name of the product as the encouragement. :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thanks, Heather.
Haven't heard from you in a while. I've thought about you.
May you be wondrously blessed for your work for the audience of One. ;)

Mary Vee Writer said...

There will be more coming to our chat!
What a blessed day we will have:)

Mary Vee Writer said...

So true, Kay. That is a wonderful verse to repeat throughout the day. God wasn't kidding when He told the Levites to keep the versed on their foreheads. He knew we needed to repeat His instruction over and over to stay steady on course.
So glad you came today, Kay:)

Anonymous said...

I make a list of my Frogs and my job is to eat them each day. It's my job. (EAT THAT FROG by Brian Tracy).

Mary Vee Writer said...

Oh, yes. Good advice, Tina.

bonton said...

Thanks for the post, Mary! This is something we all should remind ourselves EVERY day - it is for Him that we do everything we do, not others. A couple of other righteous men that obeyed, no matter the task: Daniel, Paul, & Abraham - there were few who were called to sacrifice more.