Are You Following Your Own Advice?

I caught up with a friend a few weeks ago. “It’s a busy weekend for us!” I shared with her. “We have soccer at 9, soccer at 12, baseball at 3, and then my kids are going to a movie night at the neighborhood clubhouse. Tomorrow we have baseball at 11 and 3!” She remarked about the hectic schedule, then asked me a question that stopped me in my tracks.

“So, are you following your own advice about busyness?”

Had I been intentional with my time in the past week?

This month I have been focusing on calendars and schedules, sharing my thoughts about what chaos is and why chaos matters. I shared an older post as well, asking the question Are You Choked By Distraction? As the month wraps up, I want to be clear about my message. It is not busy = bad. I believe busy + no intentional time with God = bad.

In the past, I neglected time with God in order to complete everything on my to-do list. (This list, by the way? It’s never-ending. This is the list that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friends. Some people started working on it not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue working on it forever just because this is the list that never ends… I don’t know if anyone will get this reference, but now it’s stuck in my head. Thanks, Lamb Chop.) I don’t believe I am alone in this. In fact, I know I’m not. Inevitably, in every Bible study I have attended, there is always a woman (or two, or five) who hasn’t had time to do the homework. I’ve been that woman! Or I would complete five days worth of homework in one, forgetting the purpose of the home study wasn’t getting it finished but spending intentional time with God every day. I’ve been the woman who said I didn’t have time to pray or read the Bible. I’m too busy! Never mind the fact that I had time to get on social media, scroll, comment, like, and update my own pages…but I didn’t have time to open my Bible or sit quietly before the Lord.

When busyness becomes an excuse (intentional or not) to avoid God, then it is bad. God never wants me so busy that I can’t sit with Him for a few minutes. This is the biggest lesson He taught me through our move to Ohio in 2016. When He took away all my distractions (and when I stopped being angry), I turned to Him. Peace and desire for His Word fill my soul as a result. You all, I literally crave the Bible. My heart now breaks for women who, like I did, put Christ aside in order to accomplish tasks that may simply be distractions. My hope and prayer is that through my words, God will draw you near. I pray He will use my experiences to show you what He can do in your life if you will allow Him in. Let this be an encouragement to do the hard work of evaluating your schedule. Don’t find time for God; make time for God.

Don't find time for God,

I responded to my friend yes, despite the craziness all around, I was following my own advice. Each day, I sought out time to sit and read my Bible, a devotional, or work through a Bible study. I began every morning with a prayer and ended every day with a prayer. I accepted my husband’s offers to help, allowing me to complete chores I earlier neglected in order to spend time with my Heavenly Father. I made time for God, and as a result I felt refreshed.

In pursuit of Him,

Jennifer

 

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