This school year I have a lot on my plate...I have 4 kids in 4 different schools, and they are all playing sports! I feel like a full-time taxi driver! I’m on the go everyday! Not only that, but I’m also taking care of my home, my husband, 3 dogs, and running a ministry. Whew...it’s a busy life!
When talking with my friends their lives are just as busy too...we’re coming and going all the time! It’s so easy to get caught up in the “rat race,” going as fast as we can!
At times it can feel like being on a big Ferris wheel, circling round and round by going through the motions, but really never getting anywhere. Of course we have duties and responsibilities that we can’t neglect, but sometimes we can just become too busy with unnecessary things (time robbers and wasters) and begin neglecting THE MOST IMPORTANT thing in our lives...our relationship with Jesus!
Yes, a quick prayer to start your day is important, and looking at your Bible app for the daily verse is good too, but when was the last time you spent uninterrupted time with The One who gives you the strength to do all you need to do? With The One who gives you the wisdom to figure out all you need to do? With The One who gives you whatever else you need to get through the day?
Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek Him FIRST and THEN He gives us all that we need. Priority should be seeking Him...everything else is secondary!
How many times have we all said to ourselves, “After I do this (load of laundry, pay the bills, watch my favorite tv show, surf Facebook, go to the gym) THEN I’ll read my Bible and spend some time praying? I’m sure we’re all guilty of it. It reminds me of the story in Luke 10, let’s read it together now:
“As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)
I love that comment...”there is only one thing worth being concerned about.” Mary had discovered it...sitting at the feet of Jesus! Did you see what had happened to Martha...she was DISTRACTED! It’s so easy to become distracted with money, kids, and every other thing that comes up, that we lose sight of what is most important...Jesus!
Like Jesus said to Martha, we have become “worried and upset” about life when all the answers are sitting at His feet (being in His presence in prayer).
Don’t get too busy that you don’t spend time alone, distraction free, in God’s Word and praying. It doesn’t have to be hours and hours, but it’s so important that it be meaningful and not rushed.
Today as I’m writing this, I had to get out of my regular routine and walk away from my daily chores, just so I could be alone with Him. I’ll have to admit, it’s taken a little while to shut my mind down from all I need to do, or make myself stop looking at my phone...finally, when the distractions are gone, the quietness alone with Him has been refreshing to my soul.
He wants you to want to spend time with Him. Have you ever felt put off by someone you wanted to spend time with, yet they just never seem to have time for you? You finally realize you’re not a high priority to them. Well...Jesus is patiently waiting to spend time with you. Turn the radio off in the car, shut the computer down, and silence your phone for just a few minutes and show Him today that He IS priority in your life!
The most awesome thing about spending distraction free time praying and communicating with God is, He always leaves you with gifts in return. He will give you peace, wisdom, love, joy...beautiful gifts to make it through your day. It reminds me of my dad, anytime I’m around my dad he’s always blessing me. He’s always wanting to give me something...he buys me dinner, or gives me gift cards, or finds some cool Elvis thing he knows I would love. Well, your Heavenly Father is the same way...He wants to bless you all the time, if you will just set aside time for Him.
You are a better parent, spouse, employee, etc., when you shut everything else out for a while and spend time with Him! You’ll be glad you did!
“His presence shall be my dwelling place.”
Psalm 23:6 (Amp)