How often does our preoccupation with living make us forget that we are always in the presence of God?
We try and cram more and more into each of our days and often become so stressed and anxious that we don’t have enough time to fit everything in. Sometimes it is the things that we put off doing until another day that tire us the most. Yet it is in our everyday living that we should place God first as we continue with our work and our play. How often do we become so caught up in the ‘everyday’ that we find we do not have enough time for God?
Our moods so often depend on how much time we have. If we work all day and come home tired and stressed because we didn’t have time to finish all that was on our desk, or there was not enough time to finish the ironing or the gardening, or do the shopping; all these things affect the way we react to those around us. We are often not happy in whatever we are doing.
I believe that happiness is not something for which we can search. It is like a butterfly that is so elusive when we try to catch it, and yet when we don’t try, one may come to rest on our shoulder. We can come to know true happiness only by living the life that the Lord would have us lead – by serving and showing unconditional love to others. It is taking the time to slow down and listen to the still, small voice that gives us the patience and the courage to take each moment and know that we are surrounded by God’s grace.
Jesus tells us that
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
Is our life full in the way that this passage reveals?
I think of time as the thief, and so if we make time for God, the rest of our lives will come into perspective.
Lord, slow us down so that we may hear your Holy Spirit speak to us and discover our heart’s true longings and therefore recover our energy and our purpose for living. Amen.
by Terry Stead
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