It is so easy today to get wrapped up in ourselves and other people’s lives instead of focusing on what really, truly matters. We spend more and more time shopping, watching TV, sleeping, gossiping, and absorbing our minds with our phones that we neglect the importance of time spent with God. He gets pushed further and further down our list when He should be number one, always. How do you think He feels coming in second to Facebook or your next Netflix marathon? Why do we find it so hard to make time for God in our busy lives? When we think about our schedule for the day, we put work, school, friends, and family all into place, and then we think, “Oh yeah! And maybe I can squeeze in a short prayer at bedtime if I’m not too tired from the day”. We have started to plan God around our day when actually, our day should be planned around Him. I understand life gets busy and sometimes unplanned situations arise, but when you make time for God everything else seems to fall into place.
I know for me, I do my best to have my quiet time with God every day. I have a devotional reading and I write in my prayer journal. It is an awesome stress reliever for me and the days that I do this in the mornings, I find that my day is off to a better start. There have been days where I don’t have this time and I can, without a doubt, tell a difference in how I feel that day. There are some days I find myself continually putting it off because I’m too tired or I just don’t feel like it today. I usually regret not having that time though when I make all these excuses. When I set aside time each day to talk to God one-on-one, I notice that I’m more focused not just spiritually, but in other ways too. I’ve found that I am more at peace with myself. My emotions are under control and I deal with stressful situations more calmly and rationally. I am also a happier, more pleasant person when I redirect my focus to God instead of on life’s constant problems.
I know it is tough these days to find time for anything other than work or school. We spend the majority of our time at the office or with our nose in our books that we find very little time for anything else. It is so very easy for life to get in the way of what’s really important. First, our relationships with other people begin to fade away. We begin to become more distant because work has piled up and we’ve buried ourselves under a massive mound of papers and deadlines. Next, goes the most important relationship. The one we have with God. We spend less and less time at church events, worship services, and Bible studies so we start to fall away. Have you noticed that when this happens, life in general becomes so much more difficult? Stress levels increase, emotions are running high, and tempers are out of control. We’ve lost our support system and we suddenly feel as if we have to tackle everything all on our own.
As a college student on her last year of school, my anxiety level is running pretty high. I’m worried about making the grades I need to graduate with at least a decent looking GPA, I’m nervous about finding a job after I graduate, and where I’m going to end up once I do. But I know I can’t let that get in the way. I know I can’t let those worries and fears get the best of me. So I spend continuous amounts of time in prayer asking God for strength, for wisdom, for confidence, comfort, and peace. It makes a HUGE difference when I give it all over to Him and the heavy burdens are lifted right off my shoulders. I’ve realized I can’t face this world alone. But I can conquer any and every situation when I’ve got God on my side carrying me every step of the way.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”