Thursday, February 14, 2019

Making Time

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A while back I read Jen Hatmaker’s book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. One of the things that makes the book so good is her style. She’s just very open and honest about her faith and where she falls short. Like in this passage:
My communion with God suffers not for lack of desire but time. And let’s be honest: I say I don’t have time, yet I found thirty-five minutes for Facebook and an hour for my shows. I found half an hour for YouTube videos… So when I say I don’t have time, I’m a gigantic liar.
I have time. I just spend it elsewhere.
Sound familiar? 

It does to me.

One time Jesus was talking about money, and he said “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:21). I think that’s just as true of our time: where our time is, there our hearts will be also. Where we spend our time reveals what’s closest to our hearts. If something is important to us, we say we’ll make the time.

So… what do you make time for?

DWTS? Fishing? Facebook? Studying the Bible? Prayer? You’re probably making time for the relationships that are important to you—your spouse, your kids, your parents. What about your relationship with Jesus? Maybe you’re making time to serve God through the church. That's great, and that’s important. Jesus notices that. But he’s also hoping for a little one-on-one time, for a chance to talk, to reconnect, to get to know each other better. How are you doing on that front?

I hope you'll take some time to really chew on each of these questions:

If our time reflects our priorities, then where are your priorities right now? Are you happy with them, or do you need to reprioritize some things?

Have you ever paid attention to how much time you spend on your phone or watching TV? Try tracking that for a week. You may be surprised how it adds up.

What is something that really could take up less of your time, so that Jesus could have some more?

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