Making Time for God by Elizabeth Thomas
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. – Proverbs 16:3
I don’t know about you, but I love summer. As a teacher, I probably look forward to summer more than my students do! I know people like to joke about teachers having so much time “off”, but I really covet the time that I can spend unwinding from a tough school year and gearing up for the next one.
As much as I wish summers were relaxed and stress-free, we all know that is not true. Summers can be busy, hectic times filled with summer camps, family trips, swimming lessons, etc. Life certainly doesn’t slow down during the summer, it often speeds up!
When life becomes hectic, it can be easy to forget about spending time with God. During times when our lives are structured and consistent, it is easier to plan time each day to focus on our relationship with God. I know that during the school year when my schedule is set and my routines are in place, I have specific times set aside to spend on my quiet time. But during the summer, routines are different and plans tend to change frequently. It can be difficult to “find time” for God.
I am embarrassed to admit that I struggle to have daily time with God. The God that saved me, the God that loves me, the God that sacrificed His life for me – that is the God that I don’t always make time for. When I sit back and realize that I have let my life become so busy that I have lost my connection to Him, I feel sick. Have things in my life suddenly become so important that I have lost sight of my true purpose in being here? My mission as a follower of Jesus is to know Him and to tell others about Him. And to know Him, I have to spend time with Him.
My goal this summer is to not let the hectic bustle of this world distract me from God. I am going to put my focus on Him, make time for Him first, and let the rest of my plans fit around that schedule. Will you join me?
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You. – Isaiah 26:3