Parting Words From The WORD…Entangled or Established?

Today I’m honored to have Edie Melson as a guest for our Parting Word From The WORD. It’s a lesson I needed to hear, and I think some of you might need it as well. Thank you for joining us, Edie.

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Entangled or Established?

By Edie Melson

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2

 

I tend to be just a bit ADD when it comes to life. (I’m like the dog in the movie UP…”Squirrel!”) The problem with me isn’t just purely distraction. Instead it stems from several things, not the least of which is the fact that I enjoy doing a lot of things.

I love to write, read, hang out with friends, knit, craft—the list goes on and on and on.

But the fact that I love so many things has often led me astray. I’m easily distracted and confused.

In the past I’ve gotten off-track because I’d mistaken doing something well with being called to do something.

To keep myself out of trouble and focused on what God has called me to do I’ve had to learn to walk closely with Him.

I’ve had to make certain my relationship with God is established, lest I risk getting entangled in something He hasn’t called me to do.

I’ve learned that the evil one loves nothing better than catching me unaware and entangling me in his worldly priorities.

This has proved the case for my spiritual life—whether or not a agree to do something at church or in ministry. It’s been true with my friends and family—I have to guard those relationships that God has given me as a priority. And it’s especially been important in my writing life—I’ve had to learn to say no to the good to make sure I have time for the best.

I’ve learned that the evil one loves nothing better than catching me unaware and entangling me in his worldly priorities.

The phrase that I have taped to the top of my desk is this:

Just because I can doesn’t mean I should.

How about you? Am I the only one who’s easily distracted? What do you do to stay established and avoid becoming entangled?

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  • Nan Jones

    I love this so much. Every Christian woman on planet earth can probably relate to these words of truth. I am reminded of a phrase I heard years ago, “Just because it’s a good thing doesn’t mean it’s a God thing.” Thanks Vonda for sharing Edie with us.

  • Elaine Carr

    Thanks, Entagled or established — the perfect one for me to read — every day! I especially appreciate the line “Just because I can doesn’t mean I should.”

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    By Edie Melson | August 14, 2015

    Today I’m honored to have Edie Melson as a guest for our
    Parting Word From The WORD. It’s a lesson I needed to hear, and I think
    some of you might need it as well. Thank you for joining us, Edie.

    Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

    Entangled or Established?

    By Edie Melson

    Do not be conformed to this
    age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may
    discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

    Romans 12:2

    I tend to be just a bit ADD when it comes to life. (I’m like the dog
    in the movie UP…”Squirrel!”) The problem with me isn’t just purely
    distraction. Instead it stems from several things, not the least of
    which is the fact that I enjoy doing a lot of things.

    I love to write, read, hang out with friends, knit, craft—the list goes on and on and on.

    But the fact that I love so many things has often led me astray. I’m easily distracted and confused.

    In the past I’ve gotten off-track because I’d mistaken doing something well with being called to do something.

    To keep myself out of trouble and focused on what God has called me to do I’ve had to learn to walk closely with Him.

    I’ve had to make certain my relationship with God is established,
    lest I risk getting entangled in something He hasn’t called me to do.

    I’ve learned that the evil one loves nothing better than catching me unaware and entangling me in his worldly priorities.

    This has proved the case for my spiritual life—whether or not a agree
    to do something at church or in ministry. It’s been true with my
    friends and family—I have to guard those relationships that God has
    given me as a priority. And it’s especially been important in my writing
    life—I’ve had to learn to say no to the good to make sure I have time
    for the best.

    I’ve learned that the evil one loves nothing better than catching me unaware and entangling me in his worldly priorities.

    The phrase that I have taped to the top of my desk is this:

    Just because I can doesn’t mean I should.

  • Erin E McEndree

    Believe it or not but I get distracted writing about God through my devos that I forget to read about Him and talk to Him. I feel many times my relationship is not as strong as it could be even though I write about Him constantly. And, like you, I had to give up a Bible study that was good because I was missing out on the best God had for me…which may sound strange to some, but I think you understand. Blessings and keep on keeping on!

    • Oh, Erin…I know exactly what you mean! But just as Jesus walked away from crowds who asked for healing so He could be with the Father, we sometimes are called to walk away from good things. Blessings as you continue to walk in the path He has for you!

      • Erin E McEndree

        Thank you Vonda!

  • Soooooooooooooooo true! And even though something is a good thing, it doesn’t mean I should be doing it. Whew. Took over 50 years to learn this truth, Vonda. For so many years, I stayed busy doing good things, but not all of them were right for me. Thank you. You always bring Truth.

    • You’re not alone, Julie! I watched the Ragamuffin film last night, the bio of the singer/songwriter Rich Mullins, and the message that I heard repeatedly through his life was that God wants us. Us. Not our good deeds, not our church attendance without our hearts, not our list of accomplishments. He just wants us and wants us to know He loves us…as us, not as worn-out people trying to please Him through stuff.