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Prioritizing God: When Life Gets Busy

God has been number one on my priority list for some time now. I make it a point to give the first moments of my day to Him in praise, prayer, and the reading of His word. I give about an hour of morning everyday for this time of devotion, but when life gets busy, my mornings get hectic. The first thing that I do to save time is shave a few minutes off of this set time. Some mornings, I bypass it completely, while telling myself I’ll spend time with God later.

Why Prioritize?

God, being the creator of the universe, savior of my soul, and source of everything good, should be my first priority. Making God a priority should come from a heart rooted in relationship. Making time for God even when I’m busy, shouldn’t be a chore, but a welcomed sacrifice I make for the one I love. Not to mention the fact when I’m busy, all I want is rest.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 NLT

I’ve heard people refer to prioritizing God in this way: God shouldn’t be the first on some list of priorities, He should be only item on that list. God isn’t one of many priorities that you can shift around on a list as life gets busy. He is the one through which every other priority can exist. He is what makes anything else worth prioritizing.

For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:28 NLT

How to Prioritize?

Prioritizing God when life gets busy is simply a matter of discipline and scheduling. Don’t cancel out God before the day even starts. Be sure to schedule time for God and try your best not to move it based on circumstances. Move the other parts of your busy day around to fit your devotion with God. He will honor your sacrifice and you’ll receive the much needed rest you’ll need for your hectic day.

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