This may not be the time

Raise your hand if you’re feeling inadequate. 

Or jealous. 

Or stressed. 

I’m worn out by the lies that whisper, “You can have it all. You should do it all. You aren’t doing it well enough.” Usually I end up believing those things, which makes me feel like God didn’t give me the right gifts because I don’t have other people’s gifts. Today, I’m posting this reminder for me—and for you, in case you need it too: 

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). 

Jesus came to live for us and to die for us so we can have full, abundant lives—over the course of our whole lives. When my identity is based on what Jesus has done for me and not on what I do, I have a realistic perspective: there is a time for everything, but now is not the only time for everything. This gives me the freedom to say no, even to good things. It allows me to see your photos and experiences and thank God for the good things he has given you. It reminds me that I can’t possibly offer my children every experience and opportunity before they leave the house. It helps me trust the Savior who came to give me a full life—not a frantic life. A complete life—not an inadequate one. A trusting life—not a jealous one. A peaceful life—not a stressful one.

A life that says, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:11-13).

Linda Buxa is a writer, Bible study leader, and retreat speaker. She can’t have it all, at least not until heaven.




In today's Your Time of Grace message, Pastor Mike speaks about how we all have different spiritual gifts. They were all given to us by the Holy Spirit, and with those gifts, we are called to do God's work.