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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Busy

This has been a day.  I have been in meetings most all day from 6:30 this morning until now at 8:43 PM.  I have had some time between them but mostly just chunks of 30 minutes or so.  I also had this blog to write and handouts to prepare for next week’s workshop on Tuesday.  During the day I got another significant assignment that will take several hours to complete and my schedule until Monday evening does not let up.  I also need to finish my taxes this week to get to my CPA so I can file on time.  You have had weeks like that I am sure.
Are our schedules so full that we squeeze out our time with God?
That is the spirit of this age, busyness, your calendar, I know you have one, probably looks like the one in the picture; full, even color coded, mine is.  Note something on this.  In the picture on Sunday the 7th at 9:00 AM this individual has “Church.”  Great.  Now look at Tuesday the 9th at 6:30 PM, the entry is Bible study.  Another great.  Now find on the schedule where this individual does prep for Bible study or has a time alone with God.  It ain’t there.  Returning books to the library is, tennis is, ballet, soccer, but no time with God.

My experience has been if I do not schedule it.  It does not get done.  If I do not block out the time to do what I need to do, Bible study, prayer, etc. someone else will claim that time for their objectives.  Ephesians 5:15 – 16 tells us that we have to be careful, wise, making the most of the time.  This is one of the verses that I really like the way the King James handles verse 16 – “redeeming the time” is a much richer way to put it.  We have to fight, hard, to make sure that we are doing what is important, critical, first – first.

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