This week I am sharing what my beautiful wife Angela posted on her blog last week, it is a great reminder that what is important to us in life will get our focus, time and energy. It’s written from her point of view as a wife and mother, but we can all relate to the concept. Enjoy!
People these days are busy. It doesn’t seem to matter whether they have kids or not, whether they stay at home or work full time, married or single. Let’s face it; we always seem to have something that demands our immediate attention.
How many of you have ever caught yourself saying “I was too busy to read my Bible today” or “I’m just too busy to pray”?
This is a dilemma many of us are facing in today’s culture. If you have a job, and you want to get ahead in this job, society tells us that we have to work countless hours to rise above the rest of the employees. Or if we have kids, society tells us that in order for us to give our children all the benefits they deserve, they should be involved in every activity their little heart’s desire. It used to be that you could be a soccer mom OR a hockey mom. Your daughter did dance OR gymnastics. A child took piano OR voice lessons. Now days it wouldn’t be unusual for one child to play soccer, hockey, take dance lessons and gymnastics, play the piano, take voice lessons and even have a part-time job on the side. This is of course after they have completed all their homework.
Now factor in Mom’s busy schedule. Not only is she driving them around to all these activities – May the Lord help her if she has more than one kid! – but she also has responsibilities of her own. Grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, paying bills, perhaps a part-time or even full-time job, and let’s not forget scheduling time in with the hubby, who is equally as busy.
Looking at that schedule, I can see why so many of us justify ourselves as too busy to read our Bibles or too busy to pray. We hit the ground running in the morning, and from my experience, we often don’t get to crawl back into bed until it’s near time to wake up again!
So I am going to offer a simple solution as to how a busy woman (or man) can incorporate some time with God into her daily routine. Trust me, this is simple, but the best answer I have found. If you follow these steps, it will work for you!
Step 1: Stop making excuses. Step 2: Just do it!
Let’s face it. All the reasons we have for not taking time to spend one-on-one time with God are nothing but excuses.
Yes, we are busy. Yes, we have a lot to get done in one day. Yes, we are tired and worn out. No, we cannot by any means afford NOT to spend time with God!
Nate often says to me (usually not when I want to hear it!) if something is important enough to someone, they will find a way to do it.
When we decide that we are too busy for God-time, we are deciding that all the other things in life are more important. Is it really more important that the dishes get washed? Is it really more important that we vacuum the floors or dust the furniture? Can you honestly say that God-time is less important than folding laundry? (Blah!)
Another thing we are stating is that we believe we can do this thing called life without God. Can we though? If anything, the more tasks we have, the more help we need!
1 Corinthians 9:27 – I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.
Take a step back and evaluate your priorities. What is it that everything in your world is revolving around? What do you want to teach your children? Where do you want God to end up in their priorities? Do you want them to spend time with Him on a daily basis? I can almost guarantee that if you don’t, they won’t. If you’re too busy, they’re too busy. Do you want your children to grow up believing that the things the world tells them they should be doing – sports, music or working – are to be placed higher than God? Even if you don’t have children, is this the example you want to be as a Christian in this world?
I’ve often thought about how I will handle it when all four of my munchkins are involved in activities outside of church and school. How can I possibly manage to get all four kids to four different places all at the same time?! Then I realized something. I don’t “have” to! Maybe Talina would enjoy gymnastics, maybe the boys would really like to play hockey. Never has God told me that these things are a must in my children’s lives though.
Proverbs 22:6 says: Train a child up in the way he [she] should go and when he is older, he will not depart from it.
I want to train my kids that at all times, in all situations, and no matter what they see the world doing, God comes first! I want to train them to always, always, always make time for God. I want to teach them Matthew 6:33 – to seek the kingdom of God first. I want them to learn this not only by what I say, but especially by the example Nate and I set for them.
Why not be an example to the world? Show them that all those things they are hoping to acquire by keeping so busy are being “added unto you” simply because you have changed your main focus. Let’s choose today to stop making excuses. Let’s discipline ourselves to place spending time with our Abba Father as top priority. At this day in age, we are far too busy not to do this!
**Angela’s blog can be found at http://aimingforexcellence.wordpress.com/