As I sit outside today, watching my dog sunbathe with a smile on her face, I’m beginning to realize just how important it is to disconnect from my fast paced environment. Today has been a busy day for me, so I have been going nonstop since I woke up. I had to take my dog to the vet today, get her nails clipped, do laundry, take some exams, study for a sermon, and run errands.
We all live busy lives that keep our hearts and minds occupied. But do we ever just stop for a minute and take a break from reality to spend some time with God? Do we make God our first priority of everyday or do we put God on the back burner? We get so caught up in our everyday lives that we sometimes forget what is most important.
When we put God last to everything else on our checklist, we miss out on a truly enriched life. Yes, we may be able to check off everything on our to do lists, but we miss out on our spiritual life. We miss out on growing in the Lord.
Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:” “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
These scriptures teach us that we must be laying all our desires, wants, and needs to the side. They teach us that our desires, wants, and needs are to be invested and fully committed to God. Our checklists, our errands, cleaning the house, doing laundry, and whatever else may occupy our time, can wait for an hour or two each day. Our relationships with God should never be the one having to wait for us to tend to it.
God and our relationship with Him should be on the top of our checklists. We should put Him, studying His word, and praying first before everything else. When we do that, everything else needing to be done or the things we are wanting to do will fall into place.
Too many times, we get caught up in our lives to just take some time to spend alone with God. I’m guilty of it too. I get wrapped up in school or trying to fill my time up for the days spent apart from my husband to go by faster. Do I truly put God into my everyday life like I should? Or do I treat God and His word like a chore that just has to be done to be alright?
These are tough questions and I can’t answer them for you, but I can honestly answer that sometimes I treat my relationship with God like it is a chore instead of a privilege to have. It isn’t because I don’t love God, but it is because we live in a world where everything is fast paced and busy. I’ve fallen for that trap and I’ve noticed that sometimes I put God on the back burner.
How do we stop being so caught up in our busyness to make time for God then? It takes commitment and true devotion to God. We have to have a desiring and yearning heart for God and His word. We have to treat His word as if it is vital nutrients for our bodies and not just our souls.
Romans 8:5 says, “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”
Matthew 22:37 says, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.“
These scriptures teach us that we should have our minds and hearts on the things above and not on the things of this world. We should always be so focused on God and His ways, that our ways will always be second. We are to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. We are to do everything within our lives pleasing to Him.
If we put God on the back burner everyday for the rest of our lives, one day God will put us on the left hand side with the goats (sinners/the lost) because we did not do all that was required of us. It is a requirement to pray daily, to read and study God’s word daily, and to make time for just you and God. It is only through these things that we are able to grow in the Lord and within our relationships with Him.
Every morning make it a priority to praise God and talk to Him. Get your bible out and read it daily. Put God before everything else and you will see your life grow in blessings and joy.
Our busy and sometimes unpredictable lives can really weigh us down, but it is our job to take those weights off, raise our hands, and praise God everyday. Whether we praise God with lips of praise, in song, in prayer, in studying His word, or within our own actions, we must be making God and our time with Him the best part of our days.