Myth of Catching Up – Rusty Mott

Inspiration for Southeast Texas Christians

Southeast Texas Christians live the same busy lives of all Americans. It can be almost impossible to balance our work, family, school, church, and other responsibilities. Southeast Texas Christians keep a lot of balls juggling at all times.

Guest blogger Pastor Rusty Mott formerly of Cornerstone Baptist Church Kountze shares some insights on the “Myth of Catching Up”.

Have you ever felt like you were WAY behind? Tasks seem to pile up in your ‘to do’ folder at an increasingly impossible rate. Driving the kids to sports practice, filing taxes, paying bills, picking up groceries, finishing the ‘honey-do’ list, going to work, and finally- if everything else gets done- relaxing.

The past couple of weeks have been hectic for a lot of us. And last night, I struggled to sleep thinking about all of the tasks I needed to timemanagement3accomplish today. (Writing this blog was one of those tasks.) But this morning, as I started my day by reading God’s Word, I came to this conclusion- I’m NEVER going to catch up.

At first read- that statement sounds like an overreaction. You’ve had those moments when you simply throw your hands in the air and give up hope. But this was not that kind of moment. Instead, this conclusion instantly brought me relief.

We tend to live as if this world was the end of the line. Our culture teaches us to desperately sprint to the finish line- getting in all we can. Finishing everything that we’ve been given to accomplish. But if you’re like me, you forget that Jesus has already accomplished everything when He died on the cross for our sins. For me personally, my “catching up” tends to look like working for the approval of God and/or man. Both of these are dead ends.

This morning, I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to stop trying to catch up. Stop looking for the finish line! If you are in Christ- rest in Him. He is the finish line. When He was on the cross, He declared the end of our endless search for meaning in the things of this world. When Jesus cried “It is finished,” our vain pursuits for excellence and approval were declared dead. If you are in Christ, nothing you do can make God love you any more than He does RIGHT NOW.

Of course, this isn’t a call to sit in your recliner and stop doing anything! Instead, it is a call to gain His perspective. As you do the things God has Rusty Mott, Rusty Mott Cornerstone Kountze, Pastor Rusty Mottcalled you to do- some days you’ll feel accomplished, and other days you may feel scattered and stressed. But at the end, beginning, and middle of the day- my prayer is that you will be free from the search for completeness and approval in the things of this world. You are approved in Christ. In Christ- you are complete.

Take time today to “catch up” with God through prayer and the Word!

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