There are just not enough hours in the day, am I right? Get up, go to work, come home, go to bed, get up the next morning and do it all over again. And what is so crazy is it feels like the whole day happens in the blink of an eye. So when life seems “all work, no play” how do we find time to get anything done? Let alone, find time for Christ? Heck, 1 hour Sunday Service is too hard for half of us to commit to, so how in the world are we supposed to set aside that much, if not more, time aside for God?
Well honey, I am here to tell you the hard truth, a truth we both need to here. When the time has come and you are standing face to face and God asks you why you have forsaken him…
“I just didn’t have enough time”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
‘Girl, why are you quoting John 3:16 when we are talking about time?’
Hold on, bear with me. I have a point I promise. (I totally typed that in my Elle Woods voice. If you don’t understand that reference, here ya go.)
I cite John 3:16, because I must also cite John 3:17 “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
God has no desire that anyone should perish, he would love for us all to get it together, find that righteous path and join him in eternal celebration. So why would a God who desires we all be saved, set our requirements under one set standard but gives a timeline that makes those requirements almost impossible to achieve?
That’s it. He wouldn’t. We are confusing our need for abundance so we can do what we are supposed to do and what we want to do with reality. God never promised abundance in anything more than his forgiveness and love. God promised JUST. ENOUGH.
So get like Moses and his people and collect that Manna (Exodus 16) because just like God provided them with just enough, he has done the same for both you and I. It is our job to use that time wisely.
Here are a few ways you can use your packed, chaotic, ‘short but long at the same time’ day to benefit your relationship with the Lord.
–Have a cup of Coffee with Jesus. There is nothing better than a good cup of coffee and few moments of peace before the world awakens around you. Use this time to talk to God. Thank him for the blessings and even trials of your past, and blessings and trials of your future because it is all a part of his plan to bring to you what is good. Let him know what anxieties lay on your heart, ask for comfort and strength to handle these anxieties. This time is perfect for you to prepare yourself spiritually before the day attacks you head on.
–Get ready with worship. Use this time to sing to him. Turn on some music, praise his name. Not only are you devoting time to expressing how great our God is, but you are still able to accomplish your goals and it benefits your mood first thing in the morning. A good mood in the morning can positively affect your entire day. My personal favorite ‘get ready’ song is Zach William’s “Old Church Choir”
–Pray in the car. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Pray without ceasing. So what if you already gave your thanks during Coffee time? Thank him again. Maybe use this ride to pray for others. Pray for all those strangers headed from point A to Point B just like you. Pray for family. Pray for friends. Pray for enemies. Just pray.
If you are a mom and have a car full I can understand where personal prayer during this time can be a little difficult for you. If so, maybe try this next tip.
–Worship in the car/Talk to your kids about what they can do for God today. So maybe you’re like me and sound like a dying animal when you sing (I don’t know which one, just one in a lot of pain) and maybe all your kids inherited that same trait and you’re just one big group of dying animal sounds, God doesn’t care. That would be like one of us finding the drums super obnoxious and then surrounding ourselves with 10.000 drums all being played at once. God cares about your heart, not your singing voice. Turn that music up and sing your praises to the Lord. It is good for you, for your kids and if all else fails and you aren’t in the singing mood, take this time to talk to your kids about the Lord. I am assuming you have loaded all these children up to take them somewhere, use this time to make sure that wherever it is you may be taking your child (School, a friends house, a game, etc) that they are living their best Christ centered selves while there.
–Put down the phone and pick up the Bible. So you don’t have enough time to read your Bible, huh? Well did you know, according a 2016 article in the NY Times the average American spends close to an hour a day just on Social Media. This isn’t even including tv, video games, etc. Simply split this time in half and devote it to the Bible starting out and imagine the impact! Remember, God should above all things.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3
“The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of human hands.” Psalms 135:15
It is easy to let technology take over are lives and not even be aware of it, but be smarter. Do not let that iPhone become your God.
–Using your time with others to Fellowship. I am not implying that every conversation has to be about the Lord but what I am saying is when the cashier asks “How are you?” instead of saying “Fine”, why don’t you say “Great! The Lord is really working in my life!”
Why do this? Because this opens a door to witnessing to someone and you never know who may be in need of hearing about the Lord.
Practice this at home, surrounding the dinner table, while reading bedtime stories. My husband and I talk most about the Lord laying in bed each night. We ask each other how we did during our walk with the Lord each day and let me tell you, each night we realized we could have done a million times better.
God gave us 24 hours. That is plenty of time. I hope God never has to ask you “Why have you forsaken me?” because “I just didn’t have time” will not work.
Have any thoughts/questions/or concerns? Let me know!