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In today’s culture, we are constantly running to meetings, events, work activities, church activities, small groups, football practice, girl scouts, the gym, grocery shopping, the vet… where does it end? Where will we “fit in” our time with God? In Psalm 46:10, the Lord tells us “Be still, and know that I am God.” When?! How?!
Do you find yourself having to “pencil” in lunch with a family member? Putting off date night with your spouse because you’re over-booked? Are your relationships all becoming superficial and surface-level? Do you really know what’s going on in the lives of your close Christian friends, or do you just shout “hi” to them on Sunday before you run out the door to your next obligation? If you find yourself answering “yes” to these questions, stressed out, not sleeping well, not eating right… you may be a victim of busyness.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.“Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV
SLOW DOWN. Cut out who and what is not enhancing your life, or drawing you closer to His will. You can only move in two directions: towards God or away from God. Are you spending time with someone who is making you bitter rather than better? Do you really need to work 60 hours each week? Maybe you do- we are not discounting your situation. But if you don’t, then look for a new job, talk to your boss about cutting back, or see if there are ways you can be more efficient with your time. Do you have to run three committees? Belong to four small groups? Have your kids in multiple sports that practice every day of the week?
Like all things in life, if you want to make it happen, you have to make it a priority. Make that prayer time the first thing you do each day. Set an alarm to remind you to read that devotional. Actually TAKE a lunch break and journal. (No eating at your desk. We see you. Give yourself permission to actually chew and taste your food. It’s okay to take five and renew your mind. Don’t make us bust out the studies to back this up!)
Some people have “tricks” to force themselves to pause. We recently heard that Denzel Washington puts his slippers far underneath the bed at night, so that in the morning, he has to get down on his knees to reach them…which reminds him of the proper posture to begin his day. [Pray First, Element Church]
“If you don’t have time to meet with Jesus, then you don’t have time to meet with people!”[Pastor Scott, Element Church] We can all attest to the fact that sometimes we need to step away from a situation…or life…and after spending some time with the Lord, we are much more likeable:) God will give you wisdom in how to handle difficult situations, words to speak, and tasks He wants you to accomplish each day. Doesn’t that take some of the stress off of your back-trying to figure it all out?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
So here’s a practical application for you. Watch this two minute video and just “Be Still” before the Lord, reflecting on His goodness. Linger in His presence and let His love wash over you. He is your refuge; your “recharge” button. Nourish your soul in His goodness and infinite wisdom… Soak in Him and listen to see if He has anything to say to you.
This is day 3 ‘in the life’ of our fast here at RISENfitness. We are learning right along side you.
Here’s to your Health and 21 Day Fast!