Life is something we cannot escape. We wake up, eat three meals a day, work, for some, go to school, for others, take care of a family, and maybe for a few of you it is all of the above. At the end of the day, all we want to do is come home and relax. During our hectic schedules, we tend to forget the most important thing in our lives; God.
I know for myself, I lose track of time and, at times, leave God out completely. Sometimes I try to reassure myself. I say things like, “Oh, I will read double the amount of verses tomorrow to make up for today” or “God understands I am busy, He won’t care”. So when is the right time for God? How much time do we set aside for Him? These were questions I would spend hours trying to figure out. By the end of figuring it out, I would be so tired I didn’t want to spend any more time with God. I would tell myself I’d start my one-on-one time with God the next day.
Looking back on that, I begin to feel a bit ashamed. After all, doesn’t God truly deserve all of our time? I feel horrible saying that God only deserves an hour out of my day so I am only going to read an hour before bed or an hour when I wake up. I believe He deserves every moment of my day; from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying we should quit our jobs and stay home all day to read the bible and pray all day. We wouldn’t be able to survive in our society if we did that. However, making time for God doesn’t just mean reading the bible and praying every day. It means giving every part of our life up to God. We should be giving every moment to God at work, at school, with our families; every moment. For example, when we are at work or school, we can work hard and with a positive attitude giving God the glory in all we do.
I have gone a long time, in the past, without making time for God. It truly does hinder your walk with God. The less time with God I spent, the more depressed and stressed I became about life. I had a horrible perspective on my career. I was not where I wanted to be and to be honest, I still do not have the career I truly want. I was stressed about bills and making ends meet and then I would think back to my current job. If only I had my dream job, I would be making enough money and I wouldn’t be as stressed out. It was a vicious cycle that left me weary and weak at the end of the day. And when I got home, all I wanted to do was sit on the couch and turn the TV on. God was the last thing on my mind. My priorities were not straight and I had lost focus on what was truly important in my life.
God tells us in Matthew 11:28:
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. NIV
But how can we come to God and get rest if we do not give Him any of our time? After realizing that I was not getting anywhere being stressed out I knew I needed to change my priorities and make God the focus of my life. That means, He gets every part of my day. Here are some other ways to make God a part of our lives.
- Put a bible verse up where you can see it for most of your day. It will be a reminder of God’s message to you that day.
- Don’t take fellowship with other believers for granted. Whether it is church on Sunday or a bible study during the week; being with a group of people and spending time with God allows for you all to talk to God together and see what He wants you to learn.
- When you have a brief moment, pray. Thank God for the wonderful day you have had so far. Or, if the day has not gone so well, thank Him for giving you the strength to make it through up to this moment.
- If you are on a lunch break or in between projects, take a moment to read a verse. Even if it is one little verse; You never know when God wants to speak to you through His word.
I want to challenge you all to join me. Make God the focus of your life. Give Him every part of your day. Sure, there might be times we stumble and that is okay. However, don’t stay knocked down and make excuses. Get back up and try again. Just remember, God wants to be a part of our whole life, not just bits and pieces of moments we can scrounge up for Him. Let Him be the leader of your life.