Sometimes or most times life gets really busy. You are working two jobs, it’s the summer so your friends want to hang out and then you get tired and just want to sleep the little bit that you can. I get it. In the morning when you wake up, you think about God and how you have to talk to him but it’s 7:32am, and you have to be at work at 8, so you say it can wait. I get it. “God thank you for today, i love you talk to you later” becomes your go-to prayer. I get it.
But then the cycle repeats; of quick thoughts, and rushed prayers. You know something is wrong but don’t know how to fix it... Trust me, I get it. Well the first step is knowing this fact:
The enemy wants to keep us busy. He wants to keep us in this fast paced living so that we feel too “tired” to pray, too tired to worship or too tired to fulfill our callings. He is the thief of time and knowing that this is the works of the devil is important. He says if he can’t “make a Christian bad, make them busy”. So he does things like: Instead of you sitting outside embracing nature, he pushes you to go to the movies. Instead of spending time fellowshipping, he pushes you to work 11 hours a day because money is just so important. Instead of driving in silence, focusing on our fathers still voice, he pushes us to blast music so that allows our minds to be consumed. And little by little, he is stealing our strength..
If you aren’t taking out time to sit in God’s presence; he can’t pour into you. You may have been filled up before, but in this life, we have to be filled up every single day because the more we are, the better Christians we are. The better followers we are. The better fighters we are. Constant renewal of mind and spirit is a THING. Receive it. Being busy is just an excuse that sometimes even comes from guilt or shame. We may have done something that wasn’t really righteous and so we allow the guilt to run us away from God and even when we hear that little voice in our head saying “talk to me”, we push it to the back of our minds. But no! This isn’t right. This isn’t what God wants from you and I. God says “Be still in my presence”. Make time for me because if your eyes and mind are fixed on me, I can help you, I can teach you, and I can strengthen you. The God of all, who sees and knows everything wants to show us how much he loves us and he just needs our time. This is deep for me because I know that if I just focus, all of my worries would go away. I challenge you all to take sometime to reflect on your life and your daily patterns. If you are like me, in a place where you feel busy and overwhelmed with worldly things; make some changes. Ride in silence.. if you have to be at work at 8am, wake up at 5am; so that you have an hour to pray. If your friends want to hangout, stay for 2 hours instead of 3. You should not go through out your week, feeling burnt out. You should feel energized every single day and if you don’t, check yourself. God will never burn you out, but Satan will through worldly things. Be alert and know how to say no. No is a powerful 2 letter word that we need to know how to say so that the devil can’t enter the places he wants to enter. God has a plan for you every single day, a blessing for you every single day. Don’t miss them, because you don’t have to. Pray:
“Father, God, Help me invest my time wisely. Help me to be a good steward of the one thing I cannot get more of…time. I want to make investments in your Kingdom. Help me discern those activities that waste my time. In Jesus’ name. Amen”