A Radical Solution to a Common Problem

If only there were more hours in the day . . .

If only there were two of me . . .

I’ll never get all of this done . . . 

If only there were a solution . . . 

But wait. There is! You won’t like it though. In fact, I can already hear you pushing back. You will tell me that your situation is different. You’ll think to yourself, “She just doesn’t understand!

I do understand. I was there once, and in all honesty will probably find myself there again in the future.

The solution to your problem is simple. You need to say no! And you need to pray. Take a quick look around you. Go ahead, do it. God created ALL THAT – and more! – in a week six days. Then He rested. God Almighty, Father of all Creation, rested. Ponder this: God isn’t human. He doesn’t tire. Yet, He rested.

See, God later created us in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). Before He created us, He modeled both work and rest. Yet so many of us think it’s impossible! Here is a truth bomb for you: We have enough time to accomplish everything GOD calls us to do. The time problem happens when we start adding to our schedule things we think we should do.

The pastor at my church spoke recently about creating margins in your schedule. It’s radical! It requires saying no to some things that seem good. It goes against what the world tells us to do. It might just be me, but for the longest time I thought the opposite of busy was lazy. The message I hear from the world is if I’m not constantly busy, then I’m not doing enough. I’m lazy. Unmotivated.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

What if we changed the way we think about that? We need to become intentional with our time. You won’t find me running around, rushing to and from activities all day long.* I’ve created margins in my schedule to allow me to prioritize God, while also leaving room for saying “yes” to some – not all – of the good things that come my way.

It’s easier to keep adding to our schedule and saying yes to people than to slow down and say yes to God. Only one way leads to peace, rest and freedom.

Which will you choose?

Chasing Christ,

*I wrote this back in October, and then ironically found myself again being busy rather than intentional. Isn’t it funny how God works? This post I wrote months ago is a fresh reminder to me in 2020 to be intentional, not busy.

Cover Photo by Sam Xu on Unsplash

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