On Sunday, my pastor read a quote from a book on church signs. The quote went something like this: "If you're busy rowing the boat, you won't have time to rock it." How true! How true!
Is it just me or does it seem like the people who cause the most trouble are those who aren't doing anything? You know the type. They stand there and criticize everything you do but never offer to help. They complain about not having programs for this or that, yet are unwilling to pitch in to get any new programs started. They're generally busy bodies and energy drainers, and I want nothing to do with them.
The problem is that at one time or another, I find myself to be the boat rocker. Not that I don't stay busy, but somehow I find the time to complain about things instead of getting in there and doing the work myself. Now please understand, there's a very fine line to walk here. No one should overextend themselves. It's simply not possible for us to say "yes" to every invitation or request that is issued. To do so would result in burnout and possible bitterness. The key is that if you can't fit it into your schedule, then don't commit to it. That's fine. . . but don't complain about it either.
Jesus said we are to occupy until He comes. That means to stay busy. So let's be sure we're busy about the right things, namely rowing the boat instead of rocking it.
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. - Ecclesiastes 9:10
***Excerpt from Mindful Musings of Moody Motivator***