“If I knew what to do, I’d do it!”
I know you’ve thought that. Probably, if you’re like me, lots of times.
There is a simple solution to such a frustrating thought. That’s what we’re going to look at today.
The answer is found in this true life illustration:
There once was a young, energetic, conscientious young man who worked for the owner of a hardware store. The first thing he would do when the young man arrived at work was ask his boss, “What would you like for me to do first?”
The owner would give him a task. After it was completed, the young man would ask for another. One day the young worker was asking about his next duty, and his boss said, “Follow me.”
They went to the storeroom. When they arrived, the boss said, “Look at that sign hanging over there.” As the young man looked he read, “When in doubt, sweep.”
When In Doubt, Sweep
As I said, I’ve been in that, “If I knew what to do, I’d do it” zone. But, I discover an action that eased my stress and brought some peace faster than anything else.
I swept the floor. Not literally. But, I focused my mind on some simple task right in front of me, and did it. I “swept,” and I did it consciously as unto the Lord.
I’ll Take It From Here
There are many times the Lord would say to us, “You need to let me take it from here.”
At that point, usually sooner than we think, He no longer needs our help. What we need to do is something staring us right in the face that needs doing.
I used the story of a young stock boy and sweeping the floor. With a waitress it may look like, “wiping down tables” – or – “filling salt shakers” -or- any common task that always needs done and re-done.
Sweep Somebody Else’s Floor
Having swept your floor, then look for opportunities to do something practical to help someone else.
It’s not all about you or me. It’s about community. It’s about actively and practically caring for the world around us.
More Effective Than “Confessing The Word”
I absolutely believe in speaking the realities of the Word of God to myself and over my circumstances. But having done that as an intentional act of trust and truth as a daily exercise, then I have to shift my mental focus to the practical task at hand. Otherwise I start “faith fretting.” Truth be told, “faith fretting” is not faith at all. And, truth be told…it doesn’t bring results any faster.
We are far better off to make a habit of spending some focused time with the Lord (in a way that is meaningful to the individual) that includes stating the things we are trusting Him for…ONCE DAILY. Then “sweep” or do something productive where you can see some kind of measurable result….even if it’s small.
Whenever the temptation to worry arises, don’t automatically start making scriptural confessions. That may sound counter-intuitive to what you may have been taught. But, you will be much further ahead in keeping your heart consciously focused toward God as you simply strive to keep sweeping.
Sometimes The “Faith Efforts” Don’t Do Much But Cause More Stress
In Mark 4:26-29, Jesus said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
Perhaps there isn’t anything else for you to do but trust, rest, and “sweep.” I’ve personally discovered that to be absolutely true and the journey into greater peace and prosperity.
What do you think?