A Pile of Poop

A Pile of Poop

The more women I meet, the more I see that too many of us are trying to do too much.  It’s as if the normal, everyday things such as laundry, cleaning the house, cooking, and running errands aren’t enough.  We are compelled to put our children in baseball, basketball, soccer, ballet, and gymnastics.  We don’t even stop there.  Let’s not forget about Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Bible clubs, and other after-school activities.  And who gets the pleasure of being the chauffeur to all of these activities?  You guessed it — MOM!

Even once Mom finishes with the children’s activities, she’s still not done.  She has her own activities.  There’s the MOPS group which meets twice a month, the monthly homeschool mom’s night out, her volunteer work at the crisis pregnancy center, and the volunteer work at the hospital.  Now, let’s not forget the Sunday morning and Sunday evening church services, as well as the midweek services.  Oh!  I almost forgot!  There’s the women’s group that meets once a week at church.

WOW!  What a full schedule!  But, is it a full life — a fulfilled life?  I have serious doubts about that.

We carelessly muddle our way through each day.  What we don’t stop to realize is that our current way of living isn’t God’s best for us.  He doesn’t want us to live thoughtless, aimless lives.  He wants us to seek after Him, making sure that we know what His will is (Eph. 5:17), so that we can enjoy an abundant life. (Jn. 10:10)

While we may have many different motives for being involved in so many activities, Paul reminds us that if what we pursue is not God’s will for us, then we should count it as dung.  In today’s language, we’d call it ‘poop.’ (Phil. 3:7-8)

All of our pursuits, no matter how good they may be, are nothing compared to the greatness of knowing Christ.  Ladies, I’m not talking a head knowledge of God.  I’m talking a heart knowledge where you intimately know your God.  I’m referring to a knowledge that causes you to yearn for Him like you are in a dry, thirsty land. (Ps. 63:1) I’m talking about a yearning where you feel you will faint if you don’t have time alone with the Lord (Ps. 84:2) I’m referring to a passion for Him where thoughts of the Father consume you, morning, noon, and night — where your heart thrills to speak His very name. 

How long has it been since you’ve had this kind of relationship with the Father?  Are vain pursuits keeping you from having that relationship now?  Do you need to clean out any piles of ‘poop’ from your life so that you walk more closely with your God?

© 2004, Stacy R Miller


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