Ready, Set, Go! The moment we leave our homes the race is on. Our lives have become excessively busy. Family, work, friends, social apps, fitness, volunteer deeds; the list goes on. We have crammed our lives full of daily tasks. Truth is, a lot of these activities are necessary; our lives depend on them so we make certain to complete as much of these task as daily possible. Before we know it, the day is over, we are exhausted and mentally planning tomorrow’s schedule.
If you are like me, you set your alarm to wake you up at a specific time. The time you choose on your alarm factors in a combination of the following things: 5 minutes extra for snooze, 35 minutes to get ready, 10 minutes for breakfast and the required amout of time for travel. Interesting isn’t it? When you set your alarm you simply say to yourself, “I need to get out by 8:30, so 6:30 sounds good enough to be up and get ready.” You never really sit down and schedule out how much time you need to snooze, eat, dress, and so on. Then, before you could blink, the races have started again. Ready, Set, Go! … No, wait let’s pause here. Two paragraphs and we have yet to acknowledge the one who makes living possible; several sentences and no recognition of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Sounds a lot like our lives.
John 10:10 declares, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
The Bible is clear, the enemy has come to steal our time, kill our kingdom purpose and destroy our happiness but Christ came to give us abundant life. Let us make a conscious decision to set our alarm clocks to include devotions; let us schedule time in our daily routine to study the scriptures. Let us prioritize God in our lives. If Christ came to give us abundant life, why are we stressed? Why do we run out of time to do things? Perhaps, because we have opted not to seek the one who promised us life abundantly? In lieu of sowing a monetary seed this year let’s sow our time into God’s kingdom.
I feel terrible for accusing you, but the truth is we all are falling prey to the sin of busyness, so ask yourself this simple question, “Are you too busy for God?” If the answer requires a thought, confess with me:
Father, we confess that we have fallen short of what you require of us, we acknowledge that you are the giver of life and we repent for squandering our time selfishly without acknowledging your grace and mercy. We resolve that we will not let the enemy steal any more of our time. We refuse to fall into the trap of busyness and we declare that we will seek first your kingdom so that the abundant life you have promised together with the desires of our hearts will be brought to fruition in 2016. Father we love you and we thank you in advance,
In Jesus Name, Amen.