Three months ago, I set an intention.
I planned on getting out of bed at 5am every morning to study the Word.
I’m a naturally busy person, so it would definitely be a challenge, but I was dedicated.
When I finally rolled out of bed the first day and opened my Bible, I prayed a silent prayer. God, please enlighten me on whatever it is I need enlightening on.
You know what happened next? I fell asleep.
Though not the first thing I’d like to learn in my time with Him, it was well-deserved. What is the point of setting an intention if I am too tired to accomplish it?
Being Too Busy
When I consider all the activities I plan, I realize how much I wear myself out trying to fit them all in. I work tirelessly during the day, get little sleep, then somehow expect to wake up refreshed for Him.
How often do we try to spend time with Him and fail? Here were my reasons why I struggled:
• The laundry needs to be done or we won’t have clothes for tomorrow.
• The only time I have with my husband is in the evening because he works long hours.
• I only have the morning to run errands because my son takes a nap in the afternoon.
• The house is filthy, dishes need to be done, and I have to make dinner.
As you can see, this is life! There will always be laundry, dishes, meals, groceries, work deadlines, house projects, school projects, appointments, bills, sports games, repairs, etc.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in busyness. Yet, if we truly believe in Him, shouldn’t our priorities be evidence of it? Shouldn’t we be well-rested and joyful instead of overwhelmed, exhausted, and miserable?
Having Faith Without Works
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:26)
The Apostle James was indicating that true faith should pour out of us like a cup that overflows. If my love for God and faith in Him is sincere, then it should be obvious by my attitude and tasks.
The weeks building up to my website launch, I became stressed and anxious. I not only had to manage the household and take care of my toddler, but I was starting a business on top of it all.
After working long hours, I became easily frustrated with my son’s interruptions and tantrums. I spent less time with my husband, less on my own well-being, and less with God.
I was deceiving myself thinking I was placing belief in God. Till one evening, God said, “Spend time with Me.”
I began reading His Word, being led to the story of Ananias and his wife, Sapphira. When Ananias kept a portion of the money he had promised to the Lord, God struck him and his wife dead.
They not only lied to the church, but also to God; they worshipped both money and God. So He is telling me I was committing idolatry by worshipping something other than Him… getting tasks accomplished on my to-do list.
I made an agenda without God and devoted time and energy to its completion. I fully believed I could control the success of my day, instead of giving it over to Him.
Believing In Idols
I was certain that my busy schedule was going to produce fruitful outcomes, despite my means.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Was I producing peace when I yelled at my son? Did I show my husband love when I put off spending time with Him?
Was I exhibiting self-control when I was not getting enough sleep, eating poorly, and working too much? Absolutely not.
I became distant to my son, husband, and God. I had no excited anticipation over my business launch.
Having Faith With Works
I wasn’t being joyful and kind. My thoughts and actions didn’t express trust in God.
If they did, I would have taken time to play with my son and talk with my husband. I would have spent time outside enjoying the weather and inviting friends over to decompress.
There would be more rest, better nutrition, and valuable time with Him. So whether you are a parent, student, spouse, employee, caregiver, or all of these things, consider your daily routine.
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Trusting God to lead is very difficult, but relying on ourselves and producing no fruit of the Spirit shows Him that we lack faith. Consider what we sow into and why, recognizing whether or not we sincerely believe in Him and desire what He has to offer us.
Join me in Faith Without Works: Busy & Aimless (Part 2) to discover what God’s solution for me is!
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