Have you ever wondered how some people seem to have time to do everything that needs done? They are faced with dozens of chores for the day, yet they glide through them effortlessly. I always stand in awe when I’m around these super organized tornados of productivity. Give me five or six things to do in the run of a day and I’m swamped. Just thinking of that much activity drives me to the couch for a couple of hours of reflective reading. After a few hours of mulling over the chores that I need to do I am ready to find someone who might be better able to accomplish the work other than myself. I would never try to slough the work off on another because of a lack of enthusiasm on my part, no never. My only consideration is that the task of going to the store for groceries or painting the steps are done in a more expertly manner than I am a capable of accomplishing. You might say that my less than enthusiastic response to that long list of things that need to be done has more to do with my desire to see others share their talents and skills than my slacking off. My motto is, “if someone can accomplish something better than me, then why deprive them of the joy of being all they can by taking those little joys away from them.”
Unfortunately, my little attempt at humor in the above paragraph rings a lot truer than I care to admit. It seems that the very important things in life somehow get tossed in with the mundane and it becomes easy to lose our priorities. Let me give you an example. Ruth and I are studying our way through Galatians. Paul wrote, “You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?” and that could be our motto for how sporadic our study has become. We are down to the last chapter and we don’t seem to be able to make the time to finish the race.
Over the years, I’ve noticed that spiritual activities like prayer, Bible study, and devotionals often get pushed to the back of the line because they never seem as urgent as our everyday tasks. But, in order to grow as Christians we need to become serious about our connection with God and somehow find the time. If you are new to the idea of a systematic approach to your spirituality, start small. Take a few minutes a day to pray for your family and friends. Don’t be intimidated by stories of spiritual giants who are famous for their long devotions and in-depth analyzes of the Bible. If the Bible intimidates you, find a devotional book to read. There are many daily devotionals available and if you want something a bit more challenging try something like Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship. The idea is to make time in your busy non-stop life to learn about God and His love.
In our culture we have hundreds of voices bidding for our attention every day and it’s not easy to find that time for Jesus. Once we do find the time it’s even more difficult to maintain the commitment to personal spiritual growth. It takes determination to surrender some of your day to the study of God’s word especially when the lawn needs mowed, the dishes washed, jobs are waiting, and kids are pulling at your leg and screaming in your ear. But, I guarantee, if you take a little time everyday to reflect on the grace of God, you will never be the same.