“Being busy and being productive are two very different things.”
As you saw in the last post from Ben, it’s a new year but our God is still the same (Hebrews 13:8), and that is glorious news for all! Although, with a new year comes a lot of craziness: everyone is heading back to school after Christmas break, people are ending their vacations and returning to work, and not to mention everyone is working on their New Year’s resolutions. All of the things I mentioned are good things, things that are constructive in our daily lives! But there is a great danger lurking in the distance: attempting to “do the most”.
The danger is missing out on Christ because we are so occupied on other tasks and events. The enemy isn’t going to instantly try to destroy you with some crazy event, as long as he can keep you distracted from focusing on God then he is perfectly fine with that. In a busy life with so much going on, it is easy to get distracted and focus on every thing but Christ. Here are 4 tips to help you focus on and spend daily time with Christ even when you’re busy in life.
How to ‘stop doing the most’
- Remember the Difference between “being busy” and “being productive”:
Your day is filled with choices. Choices of what to eat, where to go, and most importantly, what to do. It’s obvious though that even on our busiest of days we can find ourselves sitting in front of the TV binge watching Disney+. Being busy means you are allowing your life to be ruled by the things you do. Being productive on the other hand, means that you’re boiling things down to the best way to achieve that task. Often times, we don’t have enough time because we’re busy wasting time. Look for inefficiencies in your day-to-day and there you will find extra time to spend in the Word.
- Use Your Commute:
Technology isn’t the greatest all the time but here’s one way it can really help! Everyone commutes! Whether that’s walking, running, riding, driving, or flying, everyone is on the move almost every day! This creates time where you can spend time praying, listening to a great podcast, sermon, or audio book. Definitely check out the Streetlights Bible app! They rap the whole Bible; it’s pretty sick. Commuting is always a designated daily activity, so get the most out of it and use it to grow your relationship with the LORD. (Most importantly, still find to have a secluded time with the LORD that has no distractions such as cars on the road.)
- Learn to Say “No”:
Don’t get me wrong… It’s hard to say no to activities and other things, but sometimes it’s what’s the healthiest thing for us to do. It allows us to prioritize the things that are the most important and frees us from things that could be a potential waste of time.
- Give Activities Their Scheduled Time:
Sometimes we fall into the the “I’ll do it” trap… We resolve to do something but we fail to plan and execute that plan. This indecisiveness and lack of commitment to an activity can reek havoc on our end goal. Meaning… it never happens! The activity never gets done; it falls to the wayside. Don’t be afraid to take action and set a specific time to complete a task or activity.
The Bottom Line
Here’s the bottom line…
Just kidding. But seriously, the bottom line is this: you have a choice about what takes up your time. If time in God’s Word and your relationship with Him is important to you, you’ll find a way and a time to make it happen! Even if that means just waking up 30 minutes earlier! It’s as simple as that. It all comes down to what you value the most. You will make time for the things you value and that’s on you. He is the creator of your time and He’s the one most worthy to spend your time with.