Take back your time

Staring at the to-do list, your mind goes numb a little. Not completely, just enough to trick the panic from settling there instead. Everything must get done. And even if you have a few minutes to sit down and relax, you know you’ll find some other random task to do in place of enjoying down time.

Sound familiar?

The busyness that haunts us appeared harmless at first. After all, busyness means productivity, right? If we’re on the move and getting things done, then we’re not wasting our time or lives.

At least that’s what the devil wants us to think.

Not enough time?

You tell yourself there’s never enough time. Never enough time to perfectly complete all the work people require of you. Never enough time to enjoy a night out with friends without thinking of what awaits you on your desk the next morning. Never enough time to relax with a cup of coffee and a good book, because there is always that nagging thought of, “Shouldn’t I be doing something productive right now?”

On the spiritual side of things, the hands of time never seem to work slowly enough to allow for a morning with just you and Jesus. There’s just too much to do, and a few verses or chapters along with a quick prayer is about all you can handle these days.

Our culture is extremely fast-paced. It plants the notion in your mind that it’s hard to come by a moment of peace. If you ever have the chance to take a break, society tells you to make that break about you. Watch a movie. Stalk people on Facebook. Scroll through YouTube videos. Just let your brain go numb in order to relax.

But then you hear another voice telling you to not forget about what others think. Don’t sit and relax for too long, or you’ll appear lazy. So get up and do something. It doesn’t matter what, just stay busy.  

Don’t waste a moment

How often do you feel the pressure of not having enough time? Or the pressure to always accomplish something in order to never waste a moment? Do you fill your schedule to the point of barely having time to breathe, giving into our culture’s fast-paced way of life? And despite the fact that we all do this to ourselves, we worry we will not accomplish everything plus have time for ourselves.

When you do have those quiet moments, those times when you can take a breath, how are you spending it? Think about this: With every worry of not having enough time, or every moment that we take for ourselves, we eat away at our time with God, the One who created time.

How do you fill your thoughts, your quiet moments? Are they marked by your fingers moving the cursor to open Facebook? How many times do you ignore these moments and start on a new task?

It is when we dwell on these questions that we come to the realization that we have completely ignored moments God has created for us to spend with Him. We have filled times of peace with all things that will bring us anything but peace.

It is time for a change. Time to begin filling these moments with Him who created these pockets of freedom from your hectic life. He gave you those moments to recharge, and you absolutely cannot do that by disconnecting from reality through TV or by writing a new to-do list and challenging yourself to get as much done as possible during this “free” moment.

We’re commanded to use our time wisely and make the most of our opportunities (Colossians 4:5). Taking this perspective, the truth becomes clear, and we can release the need of adding things to the list just to stay busy or using free time to gratify our earthly desires.

Fill these treasured times with thanksgiving and with conversations with your Savior. Then you will feel the peace and rest from the busyness. Stop stressing about what else you could be doing whenever you have a moment to breathe.

There will always be 24 hours in a day. There is always enough time. It’s just about deciding what to do with the time you have. It’s about taking back your time in order to give it to Him who wants to spend it all with you.  

Let’s Talk About It: How does time with God refuel you more than busyness or rest that’s all about you? 

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