Beware of any work for God that causes or allows you to avoid concentrating on Him. A great number of Christian workers worship their work. The only concern of Christian workers should be their concentration on God. This will mean that all the other boundaries of life, whether they are mental, moral, or spiritual limits, are completely free with the freedom God gives His child; that is, a worshiping child, not a wayward one. A worker who lacks this serious controlling emphasis of concentration on God is apt to become overly burdened by his work. He is a slave to his own limits, having no freedom of his body, mind, or spirit. Consequently, he becomes burned out and defeated. There is no freedom and no delight in life at all. His nerves, mind, and heart are so overwhelmed that God’s blessing cannot rest on him.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
No matter how it starts out, anything I attempt to do in service to the Lord, ends up getting before Him on my priority list eventually. I wish I was better at the simplicity of just keeping Him at the forefront. But as long as I don’t quit trying, I won’t have failed entirely. We look at most things in a linear way, building layer upon layer or similar to beads added one by one to a string. It is cumulative. In school, you start at Kindergarten, and progress to eventually graduate high school. In a career you start at the bottom, and achievement by achievement you grow, improve, move up. In the Christian walk, there is no such straightforward indicator of progress. I remember when I was young, it was so simple. I loved the Lord, and was always including Him in whatever I was doing at any given moment, very aware He was my constant companion.
Childlike faith is pleasing to Him. That’s what He wants to see. Like a small child secure knowing mommy will take care of him, faith, you would think, would become automatic for us. Instead, we think world terms, that independence is the goal. Also, many distractions bombard us. That’s why we need quiet and private time with Him. Because part from Him we can do nothing!