Saturday morning I woke up with my mind jittering with what felt like a schedule of things to accomplish with little time—while my little ones asked to play hide ‘n go seek.
I know the right answer—play. But I kept saying, “One more minute. I need to load the laundry…One more minute. I need to make this phone call.”
By the time I said, “Let’s play!” My oldest boy said, “Never mind. I just want to do my Legos alone.”
I don’t want my mind to spin in circles and miss the precious moments in front of me.
There is hope for us to not spin in circles.
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In Daily Office by Peter Scazzero, he shares a Hasidic tale about Rabbi Zusya:
Rabbi Zusya, when he was an old man, said, ‘In the coming world, they will not ask me: ‘Why were you not Moses?’ They will ask me, ‘Why were you not Zusya?'”
But when we are faced with the questions of how to use our time, what do we say yes to? What do we say no to?
3 Steps To Know How to Use Our Time:
1. Who am I?
How has God gifted and wired YOU?
2. Where am I?
What does your season of life look like right now?
For me, loving my family well, going to school, and encouraging others through writing and speaking are the only consistent commitments I can make. That’s it. Not much.
But let’s be honest. It’s a struggle not to join the next Bible Study, lead the next church event, or say yes to every job opportunity.
Every yes is a no. Or, as @louiegiglio posted on Instagram,
“Whenever you say yes to something, there is less of you for something else. Make sure your yes is worth the less.”
3. What is God saying?
- Read the Word, which teaches us who God is and how to love Him.
- Pray about each opportunity—and each day.
- Obey what you believe might be the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes I’m not sure, but I choose to walk in what I think the Spirit is leading. And the more I follow the stirring of the Spirit, the more I learn how to recognize His leading from within.
I should have quieted my heart on Saturday and listened. I think the Spirit would have led me to play hide ‘n seek instead of laundry. Because I think God cares about how we use all our time—even the time we spend on simple matters of life.
God’s Spirit leads you where the Bible does. What honors God in the Word, honors God in your life.
MY PRAYER FOR YOU:
Lord, God, Ruler of heaven and earth, sustainer of all things, we give You praise. I pray for my sister in Christ reading this. I ask that You lead her to know who she is, where she is, and what You are saying to her in how to use her time. Because our time is Your time. You give us the breath we have in our bodies. You planned our days before there was one. So, we come to You and ask: Guide us. Lead us. Teach us. Show us. And help us to obey. AMEN.