I consider myself still pretty new to walking with God, instead of walking for God. Since January, I’ve been involved in an internship class at my church that is teaching us how to be a disciple of Jesus. I’ve learned some amazing things, but I know I have yet to learn a whole lot more.
Now, I feel I need to start actually applying what I’ve been learning. I keep hearing about spending quiet time with the Lord, getting quiet and still before him so that I can hear what he wants to say to me. And I have this problem of talking out loud to the air, it feels a little weird. And I had all sorts of reasons for not doing it: the kids and the husband are up and talking to me, I have Scentsy work to do, I have oil & gas work to do… you get the picture, busybody as an excuse. Well, this morning I did not have an excuse, Danny left early for a meeting, and the boys are asleep.
So, I took my notebook out, got quiet and asked God, “what do you want me to do for you through Scentsy?” Now, I’ve been expecting to hear his voice with my ears, so when this phrase passed through my brain as if I were reading it, I kind of figured it was from God. He said “your actions today, will affect generations tomorrow.” At first, I thought, well this doesn’t relate to Scentsy.
And then I remembered my daily bible reading I just finished, 1 Samuel 30. In this chapter David is coming back to his home after being told he can’t fight against Saul with the Philistines, only to arrive to a burned down village, and all the wives and children and animals are missing. David and the 600 men cried until they had no strength left. And then David asked God, “Shall I follow and raid the party?” God said yes. So David and 400 of his men (200 stayed back at the village) attacked the Amalekites that plundered their village and returned home with not only every person, animal and possession that was stolen, but also extra herds of animals. And some of David’s men wanted to be selfish and not let any of the 200 who stayed behind have any of the extra. This is when David made an ordinance that still exists today. He said:
No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the Lord has given us. He has protected us and handed over to us the forces that came against us. Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.” – 1 Samuel 30: 23-24.
What David said that day so many thousands of years ago, still exists today: It pays the same whether you’re marching or fighting.
So, now this has me thinking, what actions have I done today that will impact the generations of tomorrow? And then there’s the whole blown-away part where I’m thinking, “Wow, who am I that my actions today would affect generations tomorrow?” And how exactly do I apply that to Scentsy? I am thinking it has to do with being specific in my actions today: taste all my words before I spit them out, make sure I do things for the right reasons.
So, what are your thoughts? What actions will you have today that will impact generations?