Imagine for a second that you enjoy golfing (for some of you that won’t be hard). One day Phil Mickelson calls you up and says that he is in the area and was wondering if the two of you might play a round of golf together at a local course. My guess is that you would immediately begin to clear your schedule to make it happen, no matter how busy you might be. After all Mickelson is one the most famous golfers in the world!
Or let’s say you are really into leading worship music and one day you receive a text message from Chris Tomlin who says that he is giving a concert in the area and thought he might stop by the church and sit in on your practice session. You would immediately call the entire team and tell them to come no matter what , right? After all, it’s Chris “the Godfather of Contemporary Worship” Tomlin!
The truth is that whenever we get an opportunity to personally meet someone who is at the absolute top of their field we try to do so. It doesn’t matter how busy we are or how cluttered our calendar is, we find a way to meet them.
Whenever someone challenges us to deepen our commitment to God, or spend time in prayer each day, or get into the Word more, many of us often respond with that familiar lament “I just don’t have time.” There have been many occasions where I’ve been a part of a small group, Sunday school class, or other gathering of believers and the leader has given a challenge to put more energy and effort into being a better spouse… or more involved parent …or a more devoted follower of Jesus. Many times someone will reply that they want to do those things and know that they should, but they are just really busy right now and once things slow down they are going to really commit to it (sometimes that person has been me).
We would gladly drop everything to meet the “heroes” of our areas of interest, but we claim that we don’t have time to connect with the God of the Universe, the Creator of heaven and Earth, our Heavenly Father. For some reason we just can’t find the time.
Huh? Doesn’t make much sense does it?
I’ve fallen into this trap as well. I feel like I’m too busy for God. I can’t manage to find time for devotions (though I manage to find time to watch football or the Phillies). There are times when I’m tired when I get home, so I’d just as soon have the kids play by themselves. Sometimes I know Mary and I need to talk about something, but it seems easier just to put it off until the “perfect moment” arrives.
Somehow many of us have let our lives become so filled with “stuff” that we feel we don’t have time for what is really important. Some of that “stuff” is good “stuff,” to be sure. But even good “stuff,” when it comes at the expense of our relationship with God, our spouse, or our kids needs to be removed from our lives so that we have more time for our most important relationships.
Mary and I have started getting up a little earlier than usual in the morning so that we can each spend some time connecting with God before our days begin. It’s been a really good thing for both of us, but it has at the same time shown me just how much growing I need to do as a husband, father, and follower of Christ.
I don’t have all the answers here, but over the next few weeks I’ll be offering some thoughts as to how even the “busiest” of believers can find time for spiritual disciplines in their life. If you can relate to what I’ve shared here, I invite you to check back and join the conversation.