I remember some time ago actually making the decision to put God on hold until I took care of some other things. I knew I needed to “get right with God”…it seemed like such a big task that needed lots of time. But I wanted to do it right, not just rush through it, so I just couldn’t get to it right away I had too many items on my “To Do” list that I thought were more urgent.
Because of my incredible shortsightedness, I didn’t realize how much I needed Him in order to really understand how to accomplish those “to do’s” with joy and efficiency. Furthermore, I didn’t see that I risked further damage to myself and those around me as I ventured into life trying to do it alone. How much more vulnerable I was…how truly naked and defenseless I was.
Most of us live among people who glorify busyness…who have made time a tyrant that controls their life. Even those who know Jesus as their savior seem to continue to march to the tempo of the world, putting God on hold…putting Him in the background instead of the foreground of their lives.
The real distortion is our belief that we can conquer life on our own…that we are the king of our kingdom and don’t need to humble ourselves to any other authority. We believe we can generate all the power we need to overcome the struggles of this world. It’s easy to see how blatantly wrong these beliefs are. But when you break down some of your decisions you will be amazed to see how these beliefs insidiously creep in and determine your responses to what life brings your way.
Today, instead of making the choice (yes, it is always your decision and choice) to put God on hold, put the world on hold for just a few minutes. Spend some time with God. Have a conversation with Him. Bring Him your greatest concerns. Read a few pages of scripture. Pray prayers of simple thanksgiving. Dig into a couple of wrong decisions and be honest. See if some of the distortions above are part of your lenses.
You will be amazed at how this daily practice will change your life. It will allow you to develop the Mind of Christ and develop you in the greatest spiritual discipline: Decision-making.
Dear Father God, I believe that you are calling me to follow you along a solitary path. I want to make time alone with You, Lord, my highest priority so I can get the directions for this journey, stepping stone by stepping stone…for I know it will be my deepest possible joy. Please give me eyes that see Your truth about what is really important in this world, and what is merely distraction from growing in YOU. I pray in the name of Your Son who put everything on hold to serve You, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children said – AMEN!
The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.
Song of Solomon 2:13
And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”