13 Sep “Staying Close to God, Even When We’re Busy” by Lindsey Dowiot
Most of us are still enjoying the warm, sunny days that summer still has to offer. But, getting back to our regular schedules has already begun. For me, it’s already started with the kids going back-to-school, and my daughter’s fall soccer schedule. I’m already thinking about how our calendar is getting ready to fill up with sports, school functions, meetings, and dare I say… holidays?!
Before I let all the craziness get me bogged down, I know that I need to step back and prioritize. There are so many things I’d like to get involved in, but it’s not going to do myself or anyone else any good if I’m spreading myself too thin.
First things first- am I allowing time in my day to spend alone with God? This will look different for everyone, but I know that in order for me to do this regularly, I need to wake up and do this before my kids are up in the morning. I know that when I am faithful to do this, God is faithful to get me through long, busy days.
Second- does my family have adequate time to spend together? I love to say yes to things. If there’s a need, I’ll be the first to sign up. A Bible study? I’m there. An event for the kids? You bet. But, as good as those things really are, they will just be stressful if I’m sacrificing scarce family time. The same goes for my kids. Sports and clubs are great, but I’d rather spend more time at home together than shuttling them from one meeting/practice to another, all week long.
Andy Stanley, Pastor of North Point church often says, “No for now- but not forever”. Don’t misunderstand me, getting involved at church and serving in ministry and community is something we’re called to do.
“By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News” –Ephesians 3:7.
As believers, our number one priority is serving God and spreading the Good News. If we’re too busy to do that, there’s a problem. God will give us the skills and energy we need to serve Him if we ask. He might tell us that some other activity needs to go- but possibly only for a season! Maybe right now He is calling you to get to know Him better through Care Groups or mentoring. Take that step of faith, and He will bless you with amazing fellowship with other Christians, and ultimately, you’ll experience His love in a whole new way.
“Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.” -2 Corinthians 13:11