November is always a crazy month for me, but I think this one trumps them all. First off there’s NaNoWriMo (the Young Writers Program), which I love doing but takes up a lot of my time. I teach several piano lessons each week and also have to prepare songs for worship on Sunday. And don’t forget school! On top of all of that, who doesn’t want to just waste some time every now and then? So, in between all that, (which, now that I’ve written it down, doesn’t seem like that much) I’ve been trying to write the occasional blog post but mostly just being too lazy to do so.
Have you ever experienced a similar overload of stuff to do? When that happens, we try to cut down on parts of our day in order to give ourselves more time. Unfortunately, we often skip our quiet time with God. What does that say of what we think of Him? Of how important He is to us in relation to other things?
How often do you read your Bible? Or pray? Or just have some quiet time with God? And even if you do it regularly, is your heart in it?
Every day many of us look at our Bible and open the third installment of the Hunger Games instead (I’m guilty of that). Sometimes we consider praying, but unless we’re going through a really difficult time, we may prefer to sit on the couch and watch the Avengers instead (guilty again). Until some sort of crisis strikes, we kind of push God into the back of our closet. During hard times, however, we throw ourselves at God’s feet and beg Him to help us.
If I were God, I probably wouldn’t even listen to the pleas for help. I mean, we ignore God and then except Him to help us when we need it! Thankfully, I’m not God.
Still, it’s not just about what we’re doing to God by ignoring Him; it’s also what we’re doing to ourselves. The point of praying, doing devotionals, and going to church is not so that we can get a “good job” sticker on our report card. It’s for our own benefit. When we don’t spend time with God, our spiritual life suffers for it.
Think about it: Do you really not have time for God? The One who loves you unconditionally, who wiped away your sins by sending His one and only Son to die for you? And when you do make time, do you rush through the motions so you can get to the more “important” stuff (guilty, unfortunately)? I’m not trying to make you feel bad. It’s simply that we all do this. We ignore God and expect our relationship with Him and our spiritual life to go on as normal. Well, that’s not the case. Relationships don’t last long if you don’t spend time with the other person and show that you care. But most of the time, our attitude tells God that we could care less.
Here’s a challenge for you (and me, as well): Spend some time with God this week. Read your Bible not just so you can say you finished it in a year, but so you can build a stronger relationship with God. Instead of reaching for the phone to call your best friend, pour your heart out before God–He’s always listening. Don’t go through the motions: Make God a part of your life, and watch your spiritual life grow stronger every day.
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