College. Work. Homework. Family. Social life. Repeat.
If your schedule resembles mine, or involves even more activities, it can be difficult to find time to spend growing closer with God. We all have responsibilities that require our full focus, yet we also need to give God our undivided attention so that we can accept His guidance. However, though we cannot simply disregard the major facets of our lives that are taking time away from God (i.e. all of the tasks I mentioned above), we can sift through our schedules to clear out the worthless time wasters.
“Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.”
So, how can we distinguish the time wasters from the pertinent tasks? Well, it all comes down to what you do when you’re bored:
Surefire Time Wasters:
- Posting on or checking social media accounts: Sure, we all love our apps, but do they really need to be checked more than once a day (hey, I’m as guilty as anyone!)? And, are we using these accounts to glorify God, our ourselves? Hmm…
- Being involved in drama: Drama, no matter how you initially get involved in it, can and should be avoided at all costs. Instead of wasting your time worrying about what someone else has said or done, lift up the problem at hand to God. As long as you’re worried about pointless drama, you won’t be focused on the omnipotent God that already has everything under control.
- Objects of procrastination: Just like we procrastinate instead of completing our homework or doing chores, we procrastinate from spending time with God by doing other things like binge watching Netflix, checking our phones, or laying on our couch wearing sweatpants contemplating whether we should venture into the kitchen to grab some chips or take a nap (again… guilty). These “objects of procrastination” as I like to call them, are the ultimate time wasters. God’s a little more important than a bowl of Sun Chips, guys. XD
Now that we’ve weeded out the time wasters, how can we incorporate God into our daily lives to make time for Him? The trick is no never leave His side:
- Pray anywhere: God doesn’t have office hours, which means that you don’t have to pray at a specific time every day. Actually, He’s available at any time, so you have the ability to talk to Him whenever you feel like it. It doesn’t matter if you want to reach Him late at night, or on your morning commute; He’s got the time to listen, so give Him your time. Pray without ceasing, as 1 Thessalonians 5:17 states.
- Devotionals: There are a multitude of daily devotional apps, books, and calendars available for daily use. These devotionals can take anywhere from five to ten minutes to read, so they are anything but time-consuming. Additionally, the content within the devotionals can help you realize new perspectives about your walk with God that you may not have seen otherwise.
- Bible reading: I know, the Bible is a humongous book. I’m not saying that you have to read the entire book in one sitting, or ten pages for that matter. Instead, just read as much as your schedule allows. God’s love for you doesn’t depend on how many pages of the Bible you skim over in one day; He knows that you’re making an effort to read His word, and that is enough.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” -Matthew 6:33
The most important thing to realize about God is that as long as we are seeking to please Him by following His commandments, abiding by His word, and seeking His guidance, that He will recognize that. It doesn’t matter how many hours of the day we spend on Bible reading, going to church events, or ministering to others; our attitude towards pleasing God is what ultimately matters. One can go through the motions of all kinds of Christian activities and still be having a rough relationship with God. So, instead of forcing yourself to go through the “proper motions”, just seek God in ways that work for you. As long as you seek to know Him better, you’ll be just fine.
Goodnight and God Bless!
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