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Time Is On My Side

I don’t have time to do this. I don’t have time to do that.  Everyone is taking pieces of me so that by the end of the day, there is nothing left.  Sound familiar?  In the day and age that we are in, one might think that we have all the time we should need.  Right?!  I mean we have cell phones that so that we can talk to anyone all across the world.  Those same phones can access the internet so that we can get all kinds of information at a moments notice.  We have laptops and desktops that allow us to not only access the internet but they allow us to put together slide shows, presentations, make our own videos, watch movies on, listen to music and so on.  We have faster kitchen appliances, meals that can be microwaved for our convenience,  drinks that have all the vegetables one might need for the day, cleaning gadgets so that we clean not only with speed but so that we are not annoyed with the chore at hand.  The list of our modern-day conveniences are really too many to list.  So then why are we so tired all the time.  By the end of the day, we find ourselves just wanting to zone out.  I need some quiet me time.  Right?

With all of those gadgets, we still can’t organize our life.  We haven’t seen what and who should have first priority.  We get up and before we place our feet on the floor, we groan with the fact that we have to get up.  Instead of saying thank you for the day You have placed ahead of me.  With more groaning as we enter the kitchen to obtain our coffee (that has been scheduled and brewed before we even got up) and our breakfast we forget to say thank you.  We rush to get dressed, grab what we might need for the day and head out the door.  We drive like crazy people so that we can get to our destinations and do the work that needs to be completed for the day.  And we forget to say thank you.  Our priority is on ourselves.  On what you think you have to do.  We tell ourselves that we only have so much time in the day to get everything done that needs done and yet, we forget that we are to be serving God and placing Him as the first priority of our lives.

Generation after generation, people use excuses for their “reason” as to why on a day-to-day, that they don’t have the time to do what they say they should do.  We say, “Yes, everyone should put God first in their lives.  Yes, everyone should pray.  Yes, we are all to serve.”  But most people only apply that to Sunday morning and then go on their merry way without a second thought.  Using the excuse that we don’t have time.  However, if your child needed food, you would get it.  No matter if you had to borrow the money in the middle of the night, you would get it.  Why would we go to such measures?  Because our children are important to us.  We have given them priority.  Yet we don’t make time for the Lord of our salvation.  Look at the book of Haggai.  The people were given the land, all the equipment need to rebuild the temple, and time.  They started out great.  Then, they started slacking off and felt that they were entitled to things of their own.  This led them into feeling as though they never had enough.  They started making houses for themselves (which is fine), but as you read, you’ll see that they lavished and preoccupied themselves with the finest of things for their houses and self.  Haggai 1:3,4  Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?  He goes on to say that the people are never satisfied.  Always wanting more even though they have already had more than enough of everything.  Now with Christmas coming, we should examine our lives and ask ourselves if we are preoccupied with lavishing ourselves with wants and desires rather than staying on track with what God wants for our lives.

In Mark, we see that Jesus Himself started His days spending time with the Lord.  Mark 1:35  Now in the morning having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.  Even with people coming after Him day in and day out without stopping, he knew who to give priority to.  He was found in prayer even before the sun would come up.  Jesus placed God has His priority.  Because of this, He was nourished with the word so much that He was able to have the strength to keep going day in and day out.  And He did it without groaning, His morning coffee, or a car for transportation to the next destination.  So where are our priorities if we are supposed to be Christ like?


3 Responses

  1. Tonya, what a wonderful post! I think we all feel this way sometimes; almost like we can’t sit still long enough to hear His voice. I think the enemy has it set up this way for a reason. We should always be aware of the lullaby of “busy” and the concerns of this world…we live among the thorns. Sometimes I feel when I stop to smell the roses, that life will simply mow me over and leave me behind in it’s dreadful wake! Thank God he has placed this restlessness for His presence in our lives…at least we can see clearly enough to know what it is…and where it’s from!
    Thank you for the blessing…

  2. So much the truth! Our priorities get all out of sync, don’t they!
    Hugs, GraceinAZ

  3. The mornings I don’t make time for my devotions are never the same as the days I do make time. He does refresh us, comfort us and encourage us. To receive this we must be present to Him. I skipped this morning, allowing other priorities to take precedence. Never again, at least I will try not to let it happen again. I didn’t feel quite right all day. I missed His infusion of peace, and comfort and suffered for it.

    Great post, Tonya. And, a much needed reminder not to let other less important priorities take priority over my Creator.

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