Are You Majoring in the Minors?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Novelist and Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, July 27, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #30 in Series 2020 and is titled “Are You Majoring in the Minors?”.

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In the first of his three letters, the Apostle John wrote: Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”

The problem today is that most people are not obeying this command not to love the world. They are so attached to this world and to what it can offer them that they are not paying attention to what is really happening in this world and to where they are headed.

To love the world is to major in the minors, for this world will soon pass away. And so will you!

So, perhaps it’s time you shift your perspective and start majoring on the majors. But what are the majors? And how can you know if you are majoring in them?

Here are some clues:

1. Is the word “busy” the most often used word in your vocabulary? Are you constantly saying you’re busy? Too busy? Are you focusing on your to-do list to the exclusion of your relationships, especially your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ? Do you even have a relationship with Jesus? One of Satan’s chief tactics is to keep us too busy for a relationship with God. Don’t fall into that dangerous trap.

2. Has distraction taken over in your life? Have you become too distracted to think about spiritual things, like where you will go after you die? Does that even matter to you? When the thought of death comes, do you brush it off? 

3. Are you following the false teaching that your main goal is to create a great life for yourself here on earth? That your best life is now? What about success after you leave this earth? Do you think about that at all? And do you know what success after this life is all about?

4. Do you refuse to listen when Christ-Followers warn you of what’s coming ahead?
Do you find that kind of discussion too overwhelming, so you tune them out, branding them as crazy alarmists?  Denial of reality is one of the ways human beings cope, but we cannot and must not deny the truth of what Jesus predicted would happen in the last days. We must prepare for it. In fact, we have already begun to live it through the current lockdown and increasing assault on our Constitutional rights and religious freedom.
 
5. Are you attending a church where the pastor never talks about the end times? Does your pastor avoid the Book of Revelation? Does he avoid preaching on sin? Is his goal only to make you feel good when you leave the service? If so, beware. 


6. Are you obsessed with social justice here on this earth?
Are you focused on saving the planet? It sounds so good, yet it keeps you focused on this world and not on the next. This world is not our permanent home. Don’t try to make it so, for you will only end up spiritually destroyed.

7. Are you ignoring the Lord’s convictions and corrections? Would you rather tune Him out than think about His return? Beware of ignoring the Holy Spriit’s promptings. You do so to your own spiritual detriment.

My friend, It’s later than you think! I urge you to stop majoring in the minors. Get your eyes off of this world and on to the next. The Lord Jesus Christ will soon appear to remove His true followers from this world. Will you be one of them?
 

I trust that you will.

But, if you are not sure, please pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I have been majoring in the minors. I have been focused on this world and not on the next. Please forgive me. I want my priorities to be right. I want to major in the majors. So I receive You now as my Savior and Lord. I embrace Your priorities for my life. I turn my back on this world and choose to focus on You. Thank You for accepting me. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He instructs you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.

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How to Stop Being Too Busy to Live

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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“Busy” has become today’s buzzword.

Have you noticed that when you ask people how they are, the first words that usually come out of their mouths are, “I’m so busy.”  Not only is “busy” a buzzword, it’s also become a badge of honor. The busier one is, the more important one is.

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But the busyness lie has a way of finding us out. Sooner or later, our busyness will catch up with us and expose the truth that we are too busy mostly about nothing.

This happened to me when my children were small. I was complaining to the Lord one day that I did not have enough time to do everything I had to do. Expecting a little sympathy from the Lord, I was taken back when He said to me, lovingly but firmly, “MaryAnn, you always have enough time to do what I have called you to do.”

Whoa!

“O-O-O-kay,  Lord,” I replied. “Either I’m totally disorganized, or I’m doing some things You have not called me to do.”  In my case, it was the latter, as I am an organized person by nature.

As I asked the Lord what I was doing that He had not called me to do, I was surprised when He pointed out several church ministries in which I was involved at the time. Good things.

But not good for me.

Besides, other church members were called to those ministries, and I was robbing them of their ministries.

A bad thing!

So, I gave up those ministries and began earnestly to seek God as to what He had called me to do. As I let go of what I wanted, God gave me what I needed. A writing ministry to glorify Him, to get to know Him more intimately, and to teach me His ways in the process.

One of the biggest bonuses I received from stopping the aimless busyness was that I finally started to live. No longer was I barely keeping my head above water and merely surviving. I startd to enjoy my life. I started to smell the roses and to seize the precious moments of life as they presented themselves in quiet, subtle ways. 

In short, I began experiencing the abundant life Jesus died to give me (John 10: 10).

How? By making my time with Jesus the most important priority in my life. By sitting continually at His feet. By refusing to take a step without first seeking Holy Spirit’s direction.

In Luke 10: 41-42, Jesus is having a conversation with Martha. Martha, you may recall, was the sister in the Mary-Martha duo who was constantly busy. Her busyness kept her in a continual state of anxiety, worry, and stress. Sound familiar?

In talking to Martha one day while she was busy, busy, busy, Jesus said this: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10: 41-42

The good part Marthat’s sister Mary chose was to make spending time with Jesus more important than anything else. More important than preparing the meal. (Jesus fed five thousand without cooking, remember?)  More important than cleaning the house. (When Jesus is present, the dust can wait.)

More important than anything else we think we must do.

How so? Because when we spend time with Jesus first, He loves on us and we love on Him. Out of that love (BEING) flows His guidance (DOING). When we’ve spent time first with Jesus, we don’t waste time doing things He doesn’t want us to do. He shows us what is most important in His plan for our lives on that particular day–and every day. He spares us from needless worry trying to figure things out on our own, trying to figure out what needs to get done first and how to get it done.

Most of all, when we seek Jesus first, we remain in His Presence all day long, basking in His love as we listen for His voice and obey His instructions. Talk about living in peace and joy!

If you, like me, have struggled with busyness, yield your struggle to Him now. Then live moment by moment in His sweet Presence. Soon, when someone asks you the reason for your peace and joy in the midst of a busy-crazed world, you can say, like me, “I’m joyful and at peace because I live in a different dimension of time–Eternal Time!”

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN: Do you struggle with busyness? How do you deal with it?

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Learning to Say “No”

NODo you have trouble saying “no” when asked to take on a new activity? If so, read on. This post may change your life.

Years ago when my children were small, I was feeling frazzled, frenetic, and frustrated. In desperation, I cried out to the Lord.  “God,” I said, “I don’t have enough time to do everything.”

Expecting some sympathy, what I got instead was truth. “Dear one, you always have enough time to do what I have called you to do.”

Have you ever been hit between the eyes with the truth? Then you know how I felt. In the depths of my being, I knew what God had said to me was the truth. So, why was I having so much trouble getting everything done?

There were only two possible answers:

1) I was a disorganized mess.

2) I was involved in activities to which God had not called me.

Since I am a pretty organized person (my spices are in alphabetical order :), I knew my reason had to be the second one: I was involved in activities that God did not want me to be involved in. To be sure, they were good activities–most of them ministries at my church. But God had not told me to be involved in those ministries. So, to remain in them would be disobedience. Moreover, in continuing with those ministries, I would be robbing the persons who were ordained to be involved of their blessings.

So, one by one, after praying, I gave up those activities to which God had not called me. And I focused on the one thing to which God had called me: writing and encouraging others.

Since then, I’ve met countless other people who have trouble saying “no.” As I considered the many reasons we have a hard time saying “no,” I discovered several. Read through the list to see if any of these reasons apply to you.

  • Insecurity. We often can’t say no because we are afraid people won’t like us if we refuse to do something they ask us to do. When we say “yes,” we get stroked, and all of us like to be stroked.
  • Pride. We often can’t say no because we think that no one can do the job as well as we can.This is arrogance, plain and simple.
  • False Sense of Responsibility. We can’t say “no” because we think that no one else will do the job. This attitude reflects a “savior complex.” I had to learn that I am not the savior of the world. Jesus is!
  • Thoughtlessness. We can’t say “no” because we don’t think of the consequences of saying “yes.” We fail to count the cost (Luke 14:28).
  • Control. We can’t say “no” because we want to make sure everything is done right. We don’t trust other people to do things as perfectly as we would do them.
  • Avoidance of Responsibility. We can’t say “no” because saying “yes” will keep us from having to face our own responsibilities, whether at home or at our job.

Did you find yourself in any of the above reasons? If so, take heart. Discovering the cause of a problem is half the solution. Now apply the other half which is asking for God’s help in whatever area you need it.

Remember this: It’s all right to say “no” when God tells you to say “no.”  We must fear disobeying God more than we fear the reactions of people. As Proverbs 29:25 warns us, “The fear of man will prove to be a snare.” There are few snares as unsettling as being trapped in a project you wish you had not taken on.

In my next post, we’ll discuss truthful, kind ways of saying “no.”  So, come back to visit on Friday.

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