When Can I Be A Client? by Beeda Speis
The picture I posted yesterday reminded me of my daughters when they were little. I used to work all the time, it seemed, plus, I went to college. There was a commercial during those years where the mom is rushing around trying to leave for work when one of her children asks, “Mom, when can I be a client?” My oldest daughter used that on me all the time.
The question, ‘when can I be a client?‘ pierced my heart every single time (now I ask her that question). How do we choose what’s most important in life? I think it’s a matter of what our needs are at any given time.
We Focus On Our Needs
From 1981-2011, I felt poor. Some of those years, we were living just barely above the poverty level so money was very important to me. It was all about making more of it, even at the expense of what was truly important. I was basically separated from God during those years and never prayed or conversed with Him. I didn’t ask for help yet He kept our heads above water.
When the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 5:10, “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless,” it isn’t just a problem that wealthy people have.
Some people have addictions and their focus is on how and when they’ll be able to satisfy those needs. Whatever our focus is, it takes away from God.
Tomorrow Never Comes
I’m a procrastinator. I have a planner filled with intentions but more times than not, I end up drawing arrows to move the to-do item to the next day, and then the next, and then the next, etc. It’s a terrible habit. The horrible thing is I do that with God sometimes. Tomorrow I’ll start that Bible Study. Tomorrow I’ll spend more time in prayer. Tomorrow I’ll do that thing that God has been pressing on me to do. When I do that, what I’m really doing is boasting about tomorrow. As we know, tomorrow never comes.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.James 4:13-17 ESV
Please join me this week in praying for help and guidance to use our time wisely. Let’s also pray for those we know who profess to be Christians but who don’t spend any time with their Father. Pray that they come to know the peace, joy, and hope that comes from building a solid relationship with Him.