I believe busy is evil. It’s what keeps us separated, desperate and distracted from what really matters. It’s the reason I haven’t written a blog post since July! I even have a beautiful new website…which should be motivation to keep me focused. I recently moved to the South. I’m meeting loads of new people from church, Life group, my children’s school, local women’s business club, camp gladiator fitness group, art council peeps, and neighbors! It’s fun, exciting and busy. I enjoy the groups, all the people associated with them. But the truth is I’m already too busy. I have no one to blame but myself. I fell into the trap of trying to do too much. I know I’m not the only one who fights this dragon. I know I have arrived at the feet of this dragon when I’m exhausted, angry, short tempered and just done with my day long before it’s over. Sound familiar?
Time is my sugar filled lollipop that satan knows how to use to distract me. Satan is a master manipulator and deceiver (Genesis 3), and liar (John 8:44). He comes like a thief in the night to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). I believe one of his all-time favorite tools is time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day but if satan can grab our attention and keep us busy, we miss what Christ has for us. I have ADD and lots of squirrels…about every five minutes I’m distracted and must refocus. It makes writing a blog post, doing laundry, even cooking supper a challenge. It makes cherishing what really matters a daily struggle.
I know Christ has an abundant offering for me. (keep reading John 10). What he wants to give me (and you) is far more glorious than what keeps us busy. When I’m grounded in Christ my squirrels are not near as squirrely (it’s a word). I breathe easier. It’s not to say I don’t still struggle, I do. I am human and still have hiccups. But ohhhhh when I start my day right with Christ, he is eager to reveal himself to me. He is ready to pour himself out through me to the world.
Does he need me to reveal himself to the world? No. I can stay busy and distracted and miss all he has to offer. But friends he wants to use me (us) for his glory. He wants to hold the brokenhearted through us, his followers. He wants us to offer compassion to the hurting, hope to the discouraged and rest to the weary. Through us! Christ longs to be in fellowship, reaching out to those who need him…. everyday.
And yet…we can miss it. I miss it. I miss the moments God orchestrates in my day because I have my own agenda and I’m in control. When I allow the dragon to rule my day, I lose.
I lose fellowship and unity with my Creator.
I lose peace and comfort in His presence.
I lose joy and hope in His offerings.
The dragon is real. Christ is real. It’s up to me who I will serve with my life. Nothing is worthy of disconnection from My Father. Nothing. It’s up to me to manage my time worthy of His calling.
What about you, what keeps you busy? What drives you out of bed and propels you through your day? How do you manage your time to glorify Christ daily? Maybe time isn’t your daily dragon to slay, what is?
Abiding in Him, Micah