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How Busy are you?

Sorry for the long delay in our weekly blog post. We had an extremely busy summer but hope to get back into the swing of things. This week I wanted to focus on an issue that I think we have all experienced at one point or another in our life. Maybe some of us currently find ourselves battling this issue. The issue at hand is being too busy. Sometimes in life we become so busy with mundane things we forget who we serve and why we do the things we do. What spurred this thought for me was a Facebook post I saw recently that someone shared. The post read like this: “If your children miss heaven none of this other stuff matters….nothing.” I think most people will agree they want best for their children. Heaven is as good as it gets. How often does our child’s sports or hobbies take precedence to their lifelong journey to get to heaven? How often do we forgo worship or other activities within the church because of our job or sports or hobbies? What does the Bible say about our priorities and making sure we are not too busy to put first things first?

Luke 12:34 tells us “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” But do we truly believe this? Does our life reflect the teaching of Luke 12:34? Does heaven and being a faithful Christian drive every decision you make? If not where is your treasure, because with it follows your heart.

Matthew 6:33 tells us to “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” Notice it says seek FIRST God. Not seek only when its convenient, not seek when you can, not seek first only when it does not conflict with other activities, it says seek FIRST. It does not seem that there are any conditions along with this. Seek first no matter what. Can we honestly say that we seek God first? If not is it because we are too busy?

Twice in the Bible the text tells us to redeem the time.

First in Ephesians 5:15-16 “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Then in Colossians 4:5 “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.”

Are you a redeemer of the time? Do you buy back the time you have been given? Being a good steward of the time that we have is an obligation that we have been given. How well do you do with that? Think about all the things in your life that just fill your schedule. What if you replaced some of those things with more beneficial things such as bible study or prayer? I am not saying that you cannot watch a tv show or enjoy a nice relaxing evening or watch a football game. What I am saying is that when it really comes down to it where do your priorities lie? You may think that you can scrape by and no one will notice when your priorities are out of whack. However, God notices your heart follows where you invest your time.

I encourage you to be self-reflective this week. What do your priorities look like? Where do you spend a majority of your time? Does God get the leftovers or does he have set time that no matter what He is going to get your time? Look at your life this week and see if you need to make your schedule less busy with mundane things and prioritize a Christian life and a relationship with Jesus. Living a Christian life does not happen on accident or without dedication and effort. Are you willing to put in the effort?

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