Time Over God: Fitting Him Into Your Schedule, or Your Schedule Into Him

As a college student, I’ve realized one important thing:

My time management sucks!

Lately, I’ve been running around and around trying to do this and that, all at no avail. I was saying to myself, hopefully, I can get this finished before this due date, or read this before this class starts. Gah! This is the life of a (let’s put this in parentheses prospectively over-achieving) student. I can be pretty stern on myself and contradictorily set myself harsh limits while trying to be limitless. Meaning, I’d take 6 classes, a part-time job, and be overly active in campus activities and clubs while trying to maintain A-status, A-grade, and A-face that everyone must go to for assistance/motivation/academic advice/moral support… you get the idea.

At the end of the week I’m beat! I want to sleep, I want to stuff my face due to a heap of stress, I want to shut myself in my room and sleep for weeks on end. But, I’ve got two papers to write, a budget to create for the Math Club (it’s bitter-sweet being VP), I need to put in more hours at work… so, then, no sleep for me. This only leaves me with one brutal question:

What. About. God?!

Sometimes, I get so caught up in time and worldly goals that I’ve left Him for last, or I just scheduled Him in for a weekend Bible Study meeting or Church on Sunday. I’ve realized that, slowly but surely, I became another “Weekend-Christian.” It hurts. I’ve suddenly felt unworthy, more unworthy than ever. I’ve felt as if I certainly don’t deserve the mercy continuously given to me when I give Him a 30-second prayer because I’m too tired from the day’s work to really talk to my Father, or even continue to make blog posts because it subtracts time I could use to study.

We all must understand that, yes, God wants our love; but He also wants some of our time.

How do you show your spouse or parent that you love them? Sometimes, you may buy them a gift, or lend them a sweet word, or spend quality T.I.M.E. with them. It’s the same way with God – only thing is He is Our GOD and therefore, is much more important than a spouse or even a parent. He is Our Creator. Yet, why do we schedule Him in when our days are too hectic?

Pencil Your Schedule Around God, Not Vice Versa

I’ve started to re-evaluate my life and schedule. Some things need to go. I told my boyfriend we can talk more after 5 weeks, but for now I need to focus on some things. As a Christian, and one of my main supporters, he’s very understanding. I may be forced with my own bills, therefore, I HAVE to work but if I didn’t that would have been the next thing to shrink. As a Christian and a college student I have two main daily priorities: God, and school (in that order). Let’s not forget the other titles I hold: daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend, etc that are seriously taken into consideration as well.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time” Ephesians 5:15

I freed-up some responsibilities (and mentalities!) so that I could give God my whole day, and not simply pencil Him in. My time must be handled seriously, efficiently, and must be prioritized accordingly. Realize that your day begins with God and ends with Him. Live like that. If God is your day, and your day is God then all other things must be penciled in. So, you wake up to God and praise Him.. then you must pencil in your 9am class… however, during and after class you’re still accompanied by a loving, omnipresent God.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

 

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Daily Devotion: “So, who did you bring with you?”

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

– Matthew 28:19-20

Picture this: you just took your last breath on Earth and now inhaled into Heaven. You made it! You are amazed by the sights, the sounds, even the smell! Wow, this place is the bomb, you think to yourself. And then the best part, you bow before Our Father. He smiles and greets you by name but He looks over your shoulder and slight disappointment occurs; He smile reappears as He asks, “So, who did you bring with you?”

This is a crucial L. I. L. I. C. (Lesson I Learned In Church). Jesus’ last command was to make disciples; He wanted us to share the Gospel with those around us and teach them to “observe” or “obey” His Word. Have you been doing that lately?

Sometimes, we pay too much attention to our own salvation. Me, me, me. How am I supposed to get myself into Heaven so that I won’t burn in Hell? Sure, we may not say this aloud but Lord knows our hearts. If we have this kind of mentality then we resemble the false prophets with their selfish ambitions (Read: Matthew 7: 21-23). Our Walk becomes somewhat lonely. Why when we can invite who we meet alongside our paths?

Think: When was the last time you shared the Gospel with someone who is a Christian and is not a Christian? (For those of you who have Christian blogs, try remembering the last time you shared it in person or directly with someone.) How many people, can you guesstimate, have been Saved or decided to take their Christianity more personally and seriously because you were involved?

We want to make Papa proud! He would be satisfied to see that You helped bring others to Christ. Let everyone know about eternal life, tell them about the Good News, show them how God worked in your own life! Remember, that your job is simply to share. There will be people who will not accept Christ even if He came to them in the flesh so don’t be discouraged if someone does not give their life to Christ.

I’ve got a question for you: What do you plan to do now that you read this? (Keep me posted! Message me or leave a comment!)

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I thank You for this life You’ve given me but I also thank You for the life I will have after this earthly one. I await the day we meet face-to-face. In the meantime, I will continue to improve daily for You. I want to bring others to You, Lord. My family, my friends, my co-workers, my enemies, and even strangers on the street! I understand that You are “with [me] always, to the end of the age” and, therefore, I have Holy assistance. May I do this for Your sole glorification! This I ask in Your Name. Amen.

Daily Devotion: Big Faith, Little Works

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” –James 2:26

 All our Christian lives we hear words encouraging us to have faith, to cast our cares upon The Lord, to not worry because God is handling our problems. We are told that He may not completely diminish our headaches but rather soothe our pain so that we can adjust. Throughout all this God is doing His part as our Heavenly Father and while sometimes having faith is hard, it is not the only thing we should be doing.

In the statement, “faith without works is dead,” there are two important interpretations:

  1. Our faith should be displayed by our good works, just as the type of our fruits and tree (good or bad) is determined by our actions (Read: Matthew 7: 15-20). “Faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”
  2. Our faith is accompanied by our actions. We do not simply pray and cast our cares to God, we also take action illustrating that we know God will fulfill His promises. (Read: James 2:21)

Introspect: Which of these do you have the most trouble with? How will you aim to improve today?

Oftentimes, I have horrible tendencies with number two; Sometimes, I wake up in the morning and ask God to help make my day productive and yet I sleep most of the morning away after Bible Study. God looks down on me and asks, “How can I help you if you’re sleeping all the time?! You can’t do anything whilst sleeping!” This can be likewise with a lot of us; instead we are sleeping on our actions – waiting for God to step in as if He is a fairy godmother. If a plan my day ahead, aim to nap maybe after I got a few important things done then I’m sure Papa will replenish my energy and even give me ideas on what to do next with my day.

 

Prayer: Dear Father in Heaven, I know You tell me that having faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains! May I also have works that signify my good fruit and good deeds. I ask that You may help me to become a Christian of action; help me to not only talk the talk but walk the walk so that You may be Glorified! In Your name I pray this for in Your name I can do all things. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

The Pursuit of Happiness

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

-Matthew 6:33 (NLV)

You must seek God and all His glory before anything else and in everything you do, thus your needs will be handled by the Almighty God. To seek God means to aim to feel His presence. Although God is always with us and everywhere sometimes we don’t take note of it, or neglect Him.

To seek God means to seek all He symbolizes and gives (happiness, joy, love, peace, wisdom); we acquire these things when He is sought. Usually we feel God the most as an Early Christian. Then as time progresses we start to neglect God and seek Him less. Our lives become busier and busier, then before we know it we realize that we can no longer feel God’s presence. It is important that this does not happen because we do not know when our time on Earth will come to an end. For “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25 Here is how we seek God and all His magnificence:

  1. First we must clear everything. Clear your mind, clear your area, even clear your schedule. Any sinful thoughts can hinder your time with God. It is important that you bring those thoughts to God, asking for Him to control your mind so that you may have Holy thoughts. Clearing your area may sound a bit ludicrous. However, a clean area and reserved space for a certain task encourages success. Students who have a clean desk equipped with the necessary tools for studying tend to do better than those who don’t. Create or clear a space used for Worship. Keep your Bible, God-journal, Spiritual goal sheet, pen and paper, or other tools in that space. Lastly, tell your friends or family that you can’t come out for a few more hours so that you can spend time with your Heavenly Father. Keep a designated time for seeking God. With a clean slate, a prepared area in which you’ll seek God, and time reserved for God you will notice it’s much easier to hear His voice with the clutter of everyday life out the way.
  2. Be honest with yourself. You know where you went wrong in the past, where you’ve stumbled. God also knows. During prayer you must be open and honest with your sins. Don’t leave any out! Have a chat with your Father, tell Him everything and apologize wholeheartedly. 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Don’t leave any out so you may be a step closer to righteousness and, ultimately, God.
  3. Listen. Everyday God is speaking to us. His voice is there either loud and clear or subtle and dwindling. While you are focusing on God His voice will become clearer. You simply have to listen.
  4. To help you hear God’s voice as you seek His face, it is best if you remove all distractions. Hence why you must clear a space; in this space there shouldn’t be a phone, homework, game, or anything that may potentially distract you. A laptop can be used but only if you’re researching about God.
  5. Lastly, soak up His love and wisdom! Slow down, take a moment to breathe. Say, “Hello, Abba, Yeshua, and Spirit, I want to chat a while.” Welcome Love into your home and heart. Whether you plan on doing a biblical research and study or simply speak to God, remember that you are emerging yourself into a sea of endless Love. He will answer you and you will feel the presence of God. Once you have that make it your mission to continue to seek God and you will have immense happiness.

Prayer:

Father, I come before you with all of my sins. Forgive me. Please, wash this blackness off my body, off my eyes so that I may see You in all Your Glory!  My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. (Isaiah 26:9) Hold my hand as I aim to seek You, keep me near as I aim to feel Your presence and gain wisdom. And without faith it is impossible to please You, for whoever would draw near to You must believe that You reward those who seek You. (Hebrews 11:6) May this feeling never leave me, may You keep my fire sparked and lit up so that I may always be on fire for You. Lord, anoint me in Your goodness and help me to set aside time for You and You only. Give me the willpower and strength to fervently seek You and use me as I grow in You. In Your Holy Name. Amen.