Alarms, snooze buttons, breakfast, getting ready, work, kids, lunch, afternoon functions, gathering the family, preparing meals, eating said meal, getting ready for bed, exhaustion.
Just to name a few.
I left out all the little details like: how your kids really wanted to sleep in and then there were no eggs so you had to settle for cereal, how you forgot the clothes in the dryer and now everything is wrinkled when you have that big meeting today, and of course how many different activities you chauffeured the kids around to.
We are, at times, spread a mile wide and an inch deep. At times we can spend more time getting ready and commuting to something than we actually spend doing that thing. 75%solitary preparation 25%interaction. That ratio seems a bit off. I mean, that's not how you build a relationship is it?
I didn't spend a quarter of my week with my family growing up and just miraculously end up with a tight knit family unit.
It takes time and intention. Something that I cannot stress enough when it comes to God. Just like our daily relationships we cannot grow with God if we don't intentionally make time out to be with Him. And just like our daily relationships, there is always something new and interesting to learn when we spend time continually meditating in what He has to say!
Intentional, daily focus is important. May 15 of my Jesus Calling daily devotional said, "Spending time with Me is essential for your well-being. It is not a luxury or an option; it is a necessity". Those words really spoke to me because Wednesday is my longest day. When I finally get home around 9 in the evening after a long day of meeting and teaching (and, at times like this week, children tearing up in frustration) most of me just wants to go to sleep. Alas, I know that this day, conveniently the evening I need to write my devotional, is the day full of the most opportunities for me to learn from. I enjoy writing for this blog every week, whether I realize at it at the time or not, because it forces my focus. Forces my focus on God. Forces me to spend that extra time (that I could be sleeping) with God reading His word and trying to figure out what I should be learning.
Maybe you don't have to write something every week for your peers to read and digest, but you can certainly pick a question for yourself every week. For my small group, for the last couple weeks, our question has been, "What has the Holy Spirit taught you this week?"
Just having a question, a focus, forces you to look for an answer; to look to God for His answer.
This weeks memory verse is Psalm 145:5-6
5 On the glorious splendor or Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. 6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and I will tell of Your greatness.