Wow it's been a while, hasn't it? I don't know about you, but I'm the type of person who has a busy summer. Between cross country practice, work, 4-H, my little brothers' baseball games, and more, my summers been chock-full of activity. Needless to say it's not an excuse for why I haven't been as active on my blog. I like to take my time when writing a post and read through it, so I didn't want to write a half-hearted one just to get it out there. Since I thought it would be fitting, I wanted to write about time.
Our time is divided and based on our decisions. I choose to get up at six every day and run with my cross country team. Sure, getting up and running once isn't going to have much of an impact on me but repeating this over and over will get me to be in shape and running my best come State. The way we use our time can impact us over a long period. It can also affect people negatively. For example not doing your homework or studying for tests will change your grade from an A to an F by the end of the semester. You can also make a decision in a short amount of time that can impact you too. If you decide to get in the car with a drunk driver, or choose to run with scissors, that can hurt you pretty quickly.
We have short-term and long-term decisions in our faith too. We can choose to read our bible once, and forget about it. Or, we can set aside time to pray, to read our bibles, and have a quiet time. For me, this is hard to do. I'll do it for a few days but then something will come up and I'll tell myself "you can do it later." I think we all struggle with this sometimes. We only have so many hours in a day, so don't waste them. If you can set aside an hour of your day to watch tv, check your phone, or play video games, then you can set aside at least 10 minutes to spend with Jesus. Yes, it will be difficult, but you can do it! Think about it this way: spending time with your Lord and Savior will not only help you grow your relationship with Him but also make you want to spend more time with Him as you realize how great He is.
Now, I know we are all busy but I challenge you to set aside 10 minutes in the morning or night where you can talk to God and just reflect. He wants to talk to you, but we can be so busy that we don't notice Him speaking to us. This week, look and listen for the Lord during your day and I think your connection with Him will only grow.
Remember: Live Simply, Laugh Often, Love Deeply