“Come Close”

January 3, 2016

Being productive and busy are things that I have found myself taking pride in, especially while at school. If I’m constantly busy and productive then I’m accomplishing my goals for the day, right? A typical day last semester went something like this….

  • 9:30–10:50: Archaeology
  • 11:00- 12:20: Foundations of Math
  • 12:30–1:50: Microeconomics
  • 2:00–3:20: FINALLY A BREAK. Usually I would find myself scrambling to a dining hall in hopes of finding something gourmet and delicious….(hey I had big dreams alright)
  • 3:30–4:50: Applied statistics
  • 5:00: I’m done for the day with classes. If I was feeling particularly energized I would go hit the gym. But as I said previously, my exercise schedule was kind of pathetic. Most times you would find me curled up under 12 blankets napping.
  • 6:30: Dinner time. Again nothing particularly dazzling caught my eye in the dining hall so I would usually settle for a salad…or even fruit loops depending on my mood.
  • 7:15: I’m off to the dreaded Swem library where the idea of sleep goes to die. Most people in Swem can be categorized in two ways. Either people are grudgingly walking out like zombies or people are walking in crying because they have a long night ahead of them. Usually I would stay in Swem until midnight and then I would finally go home to sleep and then repeat everything the next day.

Being busy makes me feel accomplished. And I’m only a college student. However, we are all extremely defensive of our busyness regardless of age. We have goals to accomplish, tests to study for, extracurriculars, promotions to earn, kids to drop off at practice, exercise regimens to master, dreams to chase — and hopefully people to care for, assist, and inspire along the way. We multitask at the expense of not being present in an activity we enjoy.

Not everyone is willing to sacrifice time in their busy schedule in exchange for quality time with God. Not everyone is willing to make the investment needed for spiritual growth. But what’s really cool is that God isn’t asking for all of our time. He wants us to do things that we don’t consider “spiritual.” After all, He created us with souls, bodies, minds, passions, and spirits. The Lord WANTS us and EXPECTS us to pay attention to all of these areas. But even in these other areas, we are able to rejoice and worship our incredible Heavenly Father!!

In addition to our physical, emotional, and mental nature, we have a spirtual nature that needs attention as well. Just like how it’s important to exercise our bodies, it’s also important that we spiritually renew our souls daily.

Forming an intimate relationship with Christ is a long term investment and takes time. Even though we all have hectic schedules and busy days, if knowing God and hearing from Him is truly important, we will find time to do so. Again, we shouldn’t be working God into our schedules but rather working our schedules around time with God. This intimate relationship cannot happen overnight. Instantaneous results are not possible. But God so strongly desires our time and attention. By honoring Him with our time, we will reap the benefits.

“Come close to God and He will come close to you” (James 4:8).

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