Our lives are all about convenience.
We don't like to wait in line. Walmart has self-check out now. You can use an app to order your Taco Bell ahead of time.
Hurry up and wait. I always laugh when someone goes speeding past me and when we get to the stop sign at the end of the road there they sit with me grinning right behind them.
What are you missing out on in the rush of life? Are you spending quality time with Jesus every day?
I am so lacking in this area. I confess I spend more time shopping for just the right highlighter and pens. Thee perfect journal. Setting up my War Room. My Bible? All tabbed out. My faith? Huge. My actions, great. But the fuel is running on E. I feel so spiritually empty because I don't have the self control to manage my own time.
We have every convenience available to us. Laundry. Dishes. Cars. Computers. Google. Microwaves. Keurigs. Indoor plumbing. And yet, we are busier than any other generation. Busy doing what? Rushing to the next Bible study. Chauffeuring kids to soccer games. Coffee turned
gossip I mean prayer requests with friends.
We stay up late on Pinterest. Wishing away and drooling over picture perfect living rooms. We get up already rushed and worried. Most days, my feet hit the floor and I don't even give one thought about God. I just rush.
Do you get by with just the Verse of The Day sent to your inbox? Are you so busy serving at church that you never hear the sermon?
No, it may not seem like it can be convenient to spend time with Jesus...but it is a necessity of life. As much as you need water and air and food and sunlight, even more so, YOU NEED YOU SOME JESUS. Every day.
Take the focus off the busy-ness of your life. Stop looking for the quick fix.
Little by little, day by day, if you will take Thee Time to seek Him your life will change radically.
There are people dying for Jesus across the seas. Dying because they follow Him. It's not convenient for them to be Believers. But they choose to anyways.
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36
Jesus heard people doubting that a little girl could be raised from the dead. I am telling you my friend, that just as he raised that little girl right up from the dead He can raise you from the death of this life! Don't be afraid.
You don't have to be afraid that there won't be enough time. Just step out in faith. There is no perfect journal. No accessory that can make you closer to Him. All you need is a quiet place, your Bible, a pen and a piece of paper. (The pen and paper are so you can write down anything that distracts you. You can tend to it later. This is YOUR time with Jesus.)
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.
Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6
Don't be afraid. Just believe. Turn to a favorite Psalm. Read a chapter of Proverbs every day. Conveniently there are 31. ;) Read the adventures of the Apostles and Paul in the book of Acts. Read the Lord's Prayer and think about how you can make it personal to pray. Just read. Enjoy the silence. Reflect. Worship.
Maybe you have never prayed before. Don't be afraid. Close your eyes and fold your hands if you need to. Start by telling Him how sorry you are for being so self-centered. For trying to do things your way. Tell Him the ways you have messed things up. Mistakes you have made. We call that sin and if you confess it to Him I promise He will forgive you. Ask Him to take away the guilt and the shame. Ask Him to take over every area of your life. Ask Him to show you the way. Tell Him you need Him. Ask Him to show you areas of your life that need to be changed or better managed. Then tell Him that you plan on meeting with Him, here in this place, every day.
We're getting there, girl. From conceit to complete. What a journey.
He is waiting for you. Don't you dare be afraid.