There is a constant tension over how I spend my time. I have to be very careful to make sure I’m not over-committing myself. I’ve had to learn how to say no, even to things that I want to do. It’s been hard to do, but has helped immensely. Carving out space in your day to spend with God is a huge step in creating sacred space in your life. However, it’s only half the battle.
It’s often very easy to see what consumes your time during the day. It’s difficult to pinpoint what consumes your attention.
From the moment your alarm goes off in the morning, your mind is assaulted with information from the world around you. Mental notes of what you need to accomplish flood your mind as you prepare yourself to go out into the world. Our minds jump from one task to the next, all until we find ourselves in bed at night. And we repeat the cycle again the next day.
Have you ever experienced the feeling of not knowing how you got to where you are? Have you ever found yourself surrounded by people, yet you don’t feel present?
Without taking control of what demands our attention, we can fall into a rut. We become numb to the things that are happening around us, and numb to the things happening within us. It’s like going underwater, only to resurface and find yourself very far away from where you thought you’d be.
When I was in college, I elected to write a small book as my final project for my degree. Early on, I found myself getting behind on my writing deadlines. Per advice of a friend, I switched the time of day I did my writing. Instead of writing in the evenings after my classes, I wrote first thing in the morning. The results were unbelievable. I even finished writing ahead of schedule.
Simply put, you’re at your best right away in the morning. Resisting the urge to check in with the rest of the world when you get up might be the best choice you can make all day. Devoting time to be with God instead will dramatically change the course of your day. Days turn into weeks, weeks to months, months to years, years to a lifetime of being in relationship with Jesus.
I’ve come to conclude that a life with Jesus is the best possible way to live.
A healthy relationship with God is not only marked by quantity time, but quality time too. If we are going to live the life God has always wanted for us, we will need both. When we allow for God to have a daily voice in our lives, we will find more joy, adventure, excitement, and purpose every day. Every day is full of potential and possibilities, we need God to walk with us into them!