Yes, the above states the obvious. I have been such a busy bee lately that I feel I have not 1 but 2 but 3 jobs!
I have a regular job, then I have my wedding planning work and then I have my ROM planning work. Talk about heaps of things to do.
Anyways, the point I was coming to was….I have been feeling very guilty lately for…..NOT SPENDING enough TIME with God. I have been rushing up and down, feeling elated on my birthday, travelling somewhat, working on my wedding invites (hey, designing a card aint easy) and squeezing in social commitments in that timeline among everything else.
Suffice to say I have more or less BACKSLIDED. What? Already?!
Well of course I am still doing my nightly prayers and I find myself squeezing in my prayer in between lunch time, while I’m in the bathroom, while I am combing my hair or getting ready for work. Not enough commitment, God says.
Tonight I planned to sit myself down and catch up on my Bible reading. Before I did that, I sent off some work emails, was internally debating if I should spend an hour updating my blog, paying bills and EVERY OTHER thing that did not relate to God.
I decided – OK its 11pm. Now I should start reading the Bible and spending some time with God, something I have not done consistently for the past 3 weeks. Not to mention I havent gone to church for the past 3 weeks due to my travels.
So I decided to click on My Daily Bread (http://www.rbc.org/odb/odb.shtml) (which i used to click on daily, mind you) today, after a 3 week absence. As the name suggests, daily stories and notes are updated and written here -like Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul.
And this is what God said tonight through this website:
In data collected from over 20,000 Christians in 139 countries, The Obstacles to Growth Survey found that, on average, more than 40 percent of Christians around the world say they “often” or “always” rush from task to task. About 60 percent of Christians say that it’s “often” or “always” true that the busyness of life gets in the way of developing their relationship with God. It’s clear that busyness does distract us from our fellowship with Him.
It seems that Martha too allowed busyness to distract her from spending time with Jesus. When she welcomed Him and His disciples into her home, she was occupied with preparing the food, washing their feet, and making sure they were comfortable. All of these things had to be done, but Luke seems to intimate that Martha’s busyness in preparation degenerated into busywork that distracted her from reflecting on Jesus’ words and enjoying time with Him (Luke 10:38-42).
What about us? Are we rushing from task to task, allowing the busyness of life and even work for Jesus to distract us from enjoying sweet fellowship with Him? Let’s ask God to help us diminish our distractions by making Jesus our focus. — Marvin Williams
Lord, I don’t want to miss out on moments of intimacy with You. Help me not to be so busy that I fail to devote time each day to prayer and reading Your Word. Amen.