Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Time for What’s Important

Early in my professional career I was an internal auditor for a retail company.  I was attending the annual department meeting that was held at a large hotel and had the opportunity to spend time with several auditors that I had trained.  One of my trainees was a swimmer and she made time to get up every morning to get her workout in.  I remember making the comment that I just didn’t have time to exercise consistently, to which she replied, “You always have time for the things that are important to you.”

For the past eleven years, I’ve made time to exercise consistently at least five to six days a week.  It has become important to me to stay in good physical condition.  I want to be able to enjoy times with my grandchildren when that time comes.  I want to be with them on the slopes at Breckinridge or Park City one day!

How often have we said that we don’t have time to spend with God?  We get busy with our work or our social calendar.  We’re busy with school activities, football games, leading a small group or teaching Sunday school.  Sometimes it seems there are just not enough hours in a day.  The day passes by, then a week, then a month, and we realize that even though we may be involved in church, we haven’t spent any time alone with God.

One-on-one time with God is vital to our relationship with Him.  If we don’t have intimacy in our relationship with God, we place Him on the periphery of our lives and call on Him only when we think we need His help or His blessing.  If our hearts are not full of God, we cannot experience the fullness of His power in our lives.  If we can’t experience the fullness of His power, we miss out on the joy that He wants us to experience in knowing Him, the almighty God.

Make time for what is important in your life.  Put God at the top of that list, and trust Him with everything else.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” - Romans 8:28 (ESV)

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