Have you ever felt fragmented? I have. It feels like you are divided into a hundred different roles? (parent, spouse, sibling, friend, employee, student, neighbor, co-worker, home owner…..)
Each role carrying it’s own set of obligations and responsibilities; pay the mortgage, register the car, call the insurance company, when is our anniversary again? mow the yard, get groceries, file taxes, what’s going on at my kid’s school?
This was one of those mornings for me. I felt so overwhelmed with all that I need to get done that I didn’t even know which direction my first step should be in.
I like simple. Life, however, seems to trend towards the complex. I am thankful that when life works itself up into a frenzy, my ultimate purposes are spelled out clearly and simply. Micah 6:8 says, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” When I start to feel fragmented, verses like this one offer the clarity that I need. Whether I am taking care of things at work, spending time with my kids or mowing my lawn my purposes are the same; be just, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God.
“But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously.” Micah 6:8 – The Message