Do you struggle to read God’s Word? Does it seem more like a chore rather than a longing for more? Today’s blog is more for me than for you. It’s about something that I need to hear.
You see…I had high expectations for this New Year. She has rolled in with a bang of thunder and honestly, I don’t know how to calm her down. My days are long. I find myself chasing after time. There are so many things I feel that need to get done.
And I run out the door.
With my to-do list in tow.
I hurry my relationships along.
And I find myself feeling sad about it.
But worse yet…I cut Jesus short.
So, tonight, as I sit here at Chikfila at 8:00 pm with my little dude and we, the one and onlies in the playground (because all the good moms have taken their kiddos home for bathtime and bedtime routines AND I don’t even want to start comparing my life to what appears to be their perfect Lil’ worlds!)…BUT I AM STILL HERE BECAUSE MY 12 YEAR OLD IS AT BASKETBALL PRACTICE!
I think to myself when will life calm down?
To be honest, most of us living in the United States cannot escape the fact that we live in a fast-paced, multitasking, frenzied fast-food eating world. We barely sit down (if we sit down at all) for family dinners and relaxed get-togethers. And when we do, we hear the texts dinging and the phones ringing. We are tuned into the war overseas, terrorism tactics, Hollywood’s who’s who and what’s not…and to homework that just has to get done.
It’s the little things that grab at our heartstrings.
Maybe you’ve heard of this thing called an idol. The very thing that steals your attention away from God so that you don’t have time to read God’s Word. The thing that consumes your thoughts because it is what you love to do…or to read…or to spend time with..or to waste your mula on. Or maybe you are sitting there right now and absolutely nothing comes to your mind. If I were to ask you, “Do you love the Lord?” You might respond, “Yes, with all of my heart.“But yet…deep, deep down…you know (like me) you struggle to squeeze in the time.
“If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.”
-John Piper, A Hunger for God
The very things that consume all of our time.
When we add up all the small things in our lives we quickly discover that they zap our time and energy. They drive our destiny. They take our eyes off of the Lord.
Let’s refocus our time and energy and get back to doing what we know we need to do. We can spend time reading God’s Word daily. And we can find time to pray, ask others to hold us accountable and squeeze Jesus in when we blow-dry our hair. Most importantly, we can boldly go to the throne room and ask Jesus to change us.
And we can start today!
Any creative ideas to squeeze in more time to read God’s Word? I would love to hear what you have to say!