#slowitdownSunday / God honors us when we honor Him with our time

the daily Starr slow it down Sunday

I’ve been revisiting a devotional plan on the Bible App the past few days, Finding Rest in a Busy World by Susan Narjala.

Day 7 hit me especially hard, and my too-busy self.

We’re a culture that glorifies busy. It’s a mantle we wear with pride. When someone asks us how we’re doing, we respond with a “I’m good, but crazy busy.”

How many times have you answered with that same response? Yup. Me too.

We seem to derive our value from asserting that we’re just so much busier than the next person. Our over packed, overwhelmed schedules actually give us a sense of pride, even a sense of identity.

When the fast food chain Chick Fil A decided that it would stay closed on Sundays, everyone was shocked. Sunday was the day that fast food restaurants made the most money. Today, the company generates more revenue per restaurant than any other fast-food chain in the US, and it’s only open six days a week.

God honors us when we honor Him with our time.

Let’s stop right there.

Let that statement sink in.

God honors us when we honor Him with our time. 

That’s good stuff, people.

If you and I are too busy for prayer, then we are simply too busy. If we are too busy to read the Bible, then we are simply too busy.

Maybe you and I should reorder our priorities so we make time for the things that are important and not merely what’s urgent.

Wow. Wake up call for anyone else?

I’ll go a step further.

God has been challenging me personally to make time for rest. I can’t go-go-go with every spare minute of my life. I’ve lived that way and it’s draining, exhausting and anything but life-giving.

If I’m too busy to rest, I’ll eventually burn out and in the process hurt those I love most.

Also, every single time I set apart time for Him – going to church, spending time in devotionals, scripture, and prayer – He shows up and meets me there. I feel like our culture has tricked us into believing that none of that matters. You don’t need church. You don’t need prayer. You don’t need the Bible. 

Oh, how we need to make time for what matters most. THESE are the life-giving parts that we are tempted to skip over so easily.

Today was one of those days when I needed to experience the presence of God and He met us in our worship at church. The power of His Spirit was so very real. There was freedom in giving God our time and worship on the Sabbath.

God honors us when we honor Him with our time. 

How about you? On this #slowitdownSunday I’m challenged to step back and reevaluate how I’m honoring God – with my time, my actions, with protecting my rest and with my family.

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