"I have a lot going on" seems to be the response to many people these days. Truth be told, I really do. I have a beautiful wife, 4 amazing children, a crazy dog and a demanding full time job as a construction superintendent. On top of all that, I know that God has called me to be a leader at our church, a youth leader and whatever else God calls me to do.
So often I find myself adding more to my schedule than what my week will even allow. Between all the items to maintain and take care of, the reality exists that the only time I possess to cut from is my sleep time. When we are performing and focusing too much on all this busy work, a horrible thing takes place. We start to lose focus of what our priorities should be. I am not simply talking about prayer and Bible time because I still am able to do that regularly but what about simply taking time to rest in the Lord. Do you set time aside for that? I have had to face the harsh reality of me letting this important time slip away and each week there has been less and less time spent just enjoying the Lord and all the things He has blessed me with! Even writing this devotional has slipped through my grasp and driven into the black hole that is time. Everyday we need to position our priorities in a way that aligns with Gods will and not just what we have placed in a position of hierarchy in our lives.
Romans 12:2, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
In Romans 12:2, Paul talks about not allowing the world to conform us, but that to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. It is vital to our Christian walk to take time to block out the world and allow God to restructure our thinking so that we will focus and prioritize what is good and acceptable to the will of God rather than our own way of thinking. It is my hope that we will not just be convicted of what we have prioritized but also that we will be given the desire to change our way of thinking.
Jesus is truly our ultimate example and we are able to witness throughout Scripture the way He that prioritized His life as a man; He spent a good portion of everyday focusing on ministry and things He had to accomplish without ever compromising on His time spent with the Father God and resting in Him! This is what continued to give our ultimate example the strength and focus He needed to accomplish what the Father had for Him no matter how difficult the task. Take some time this week, lift your eyes and grow in the knowledge of what God has for you today!