How many of us have busy schedule? We work 60-75 hours a week at our jobs, then try to be a mother, grandmother, father, student and friend. Deadlines pound down our doors as our child’s school calls to say they are sick, come get them. How do we do it and fit in the a study session with God? In today’s society we all search for ways to achieve “balance”. But what does the Word of God have to say about this kind of life.
It doesn’t matter what our responsibilities are, or where we live, or how many kids we have, we all have to accept that we only get 24 hours in a day, and we should be sleeping for at least seven or eight of them. Those hours race by some days like a hit-n-run driver on speed. The abundant life is not without its stress-filled or hectic moments. The abundant life does, however, provide for a much easy transfer of those moments from stress into peace. But how do we plug into a more fulfilling, joyful, peaceful lifestyle with God? I’ve come up with a few tips for you that I hope will help.
1. We do not get rewards in heaven for “our time”.
It’s how we steward that time that builds the benefits. There is also a tsunami-sized difference between those who hunger and thirst after God’s Word and those with this problem.
“For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” Matthew 13:15
Someone hungery for the Word will see one verse that thrills their heart for a week. They’ll learn it, digest it, allow it to feed and sustain them, then come back hungry for more.
2. It takes a strong person to do this next one.
Refuse to allow other people’s drama become your emergency. The same goes with other people’s self-induced obligations. They made their life what it is. It is so easy to get caught up in what other’s expect us to do or fix in their life. The only person we should be focused on is God’s expectations and He’s so blessed just to talk to you. A good way to avoid these traps is by asking God; God if you were me, how much would you do for this person?
3. Loyalty does not go to the highest bidder.
This is a rarely taught truth. Our jobs/businesses do not rank higher than God. It is God first, then ourselves, then our spouse, then our children/family and then way down on the list is our job in priority. “Why?” You could ask. “My job pays my bills!” Hmm…who got you that great paying job? Whom do you trust? Man or God? It’s where the rubber meets the road. God is the one who promised to supply all your need, not your 40-hour a week employer. And He never gives up on you if your sick, unmotivated, or wrong. He loves you. A job can never do that. If your job is demanding you to work when you need to be fellowshipping with God, say on sunday or during a Bible study meeting, just remember God can make that 90% of your time at work go much further and be more profitable if you give, than 100% without Him. We don’t need to work harder, we do that plenty, but with God we work smarter and see immediate results.
4. Purposeful Planning
“See then that ye walk circumspectly (is the Greek word akribos which means diligently, exactly, or accurately according to God’s Will), not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
Allow God to help you with your schedule. Allow Him to be frank with you about what needs to stay in the schedule and/or how many hours a day to work on each project. He can “redeem the time”. That literally means, get back lost time. Wow. You can make your minutes work for you, instead of against you. What a gift!
5. It’s a daily walk. Step-by-step.
If you stumble, just get back up and try again.
“[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
Keep going and keep moving. Look for how God is refining, directing, loving, healing, blessing and abounding you. Then be thankful and ask, what’s next God?
You are more than a conqueror and you deserve the abundant life, exceeding abundantly above all you could ask or think.
God Bless You Today!!!