Every weekday morning is very similar.
- Wake children up at seven, if they are not already awake
- Fix breakfast for the kids
- Make sure everyone is dress, combed, and brushed and out the door by eight.
This is an easy routine to keep until one or more parties decides to boycott the plan and play on the computer, watch tv, or just cause general mayhem. Today was one of those mornings. The children were in a silly, joyful mood which would usually be welcomed, except the Dad was trying to pay the bills and get some work done. We were all trying to cram two hours of activity into one hour.
Is that how we are with God? Do we try to pack in a true prayer time in three minutes as we are running to the next meeting, class, or activity? Do we read a short thought for the day instead of looking up verses in His Word?
There is nothing wrong with short prayers or thoughts for the day. When they become our steady diet, then we are sorely missing out on some vital nutrients.
Psalm 119:9-16 states, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statues as one rejoices in great riches. I mediate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” (NIV)
I pray that you will carve out some time today for the Lord. I know your schedule is busy and overloaded with important things to do. But know that nothing will refresh, energize, or organize your day better than time well spent with God. Listen to a praise cd or Christian radio as you drive, turn off the news and read your Bible instead, or simply get in your prayer closet and lift up your day to the Lord. Then let someone know what a difference your step towards the Lord made in your day. Be Abundantly His!