Friday, October 05, 2007

Are We too Crowded for God?

My life of late feels kind of like walking a tight rope. I have been at my new job for over a month now. I love my job, but man do I miss "my time". I have been blessed beyond measure to not have to work a full time job for the past 21 years. And I also have a new respect for those who have no choice but to work. Even though I love my job and I am working mainly because I want to, adjusting to working is still a bit of a challenge.

I had gotten used to having my own time. Time to study God's word, time to read, time to just relax. And I know for those who have to work and have no choice, they probably want to call the "whambulance" right about now! :) But finding a balance between working, family, activities, relaxing and time with God has become a real challenge for me. By the time you get home it's time for dinner or time for church or time to go to one of your child's activities or time to go to a small group or just time to fall down and collapse!!

My life has gotten too crowded. We always make comments like when I just get done with this or that things will be better and slow down. The reality is, things rarely slow down. And since they don't slow down, are we going to just let life continue to crowd in on us more and more? The more crowded our lives become, the more we are crowding God right out of our lives. We get so busy and so tired that God becomes put on the back burner. Sometimes he's not even on the burner at all. How busy and how crowded are we going to let our lives get before we crowd God completely out? And the more we crowd God out, the more Satan begins to creep in.

Church, jobs, kids, family, etc... I know those are things we all juggle every day. But I know for me, I've got to stop making my time with God one of those things I juggle. The way I used to spend my time has changed. I've got to learn to deal with it. I've got to remember that as life starts crowding in on me, I've got to continue to give God room to push to the front. I can't crowd Him out. Because only when He gets placed back in His rightful position will things begin to feel less crowded in my life.

Blessings!! And have a great weekend!


Neva said...

This is a beautiful post. I am so thankful for a Father who continues to search for me in the crowd that is my life.
Sometimes we just have to stop and make room for Him!


Melanie said...

This is such a constant struggle for me. I love to socilize (too much so) and I really have to focus on putting the simple into our life. We gain so much when we slow down and enjoy each other.

Danna said...

Great words of wisdom!! I agree with you completely. I know that I do not have the constant struggle of working outside of the home, however I have noticed that I tend to have the opposite issue. So many times I relax to much and then when time comes for me to get busy, I then have to reorganize my time and usually, God is put on the back burner. Thank you for reminding me that all time is valuable and without God at the beginning, we are wasting time.