Day 2 - The Things That Blind Us
The crazy thing about deception is that you actually believe what you are doing is right.
There are many things in our lives that on the surface seem good but when you dig a little deeper they are choking out the life God placed inside of you.
For example, your routine, and the level of busyness in your life.
Trust me, I get it. Life is crazy, demanding, and intense.
Heck, just keeping your head above water is an accomplishment.
And in an effort to control the craziness and have some sense of sanity we've all built routines to help us manage through life.
On the surface, this is a great idea. We can plan our days in such a way that we are able to meet deadlines and satisfy the needs of ourselves and those who depend on us.
The deception, however, is not in the intent, it's in the follow through.
Let me explain.
Most of us look at what we want to do and what we need to do and then we plan our days accordingly.
The problem is when you're juggling quite a bit you don't have the luxury of extra time. Thus, the things you "want to do" are pushed to the side by the things you "need to do".
For most people, spending time with God everyday falls in the "want to do" category not the "need to do" category. Therefore, as life gets busier and our routines get more complex quality time with God is put on the back burner.
Hence the problem.
By putting God on the back burner you are walking away from the source of your strength, the One who helps you be successful every day.
How can you thrive if you are not diligent about staying connected to the source of your strength? That's why God says He is the vine and we are the branches and apart from Him we can do nothing.
When we don't make the time to spend with Jesus He is not able to fill us up, or prepare us for the journey ahead.
Instead, we reduce our time with God to the equivalent of a spiritual pit stop. And when we can't go any further we pull in for a quick tire change and some gas before we peel out into the race of life again.
Don't let your routine and your busyness rob you of a rich relationship with Christ. Move the "time with God" line item from the "want to do" list to the "need to do" list. I promise you will be able to handle your days better than ever before.
Lord, thank You for being the One who sustains my life. Thank You for the grace to get through each and every day You bless me with. Forgive me for areas where I've put You on the back burner. Give me wisdom as I reconfigure my routine and prioritize time with You over the demands of this life. I love You with my whole heart and I declare that You are worth my time.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen