16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV
How much do you bring Him into your day?
How often do you pray, contemplate, sing to, worship, write or paint to, dedicate your daily tasks to, read the Word?
After many years, I have found that the more time I spend with Him on my mind, the more clarity I have in all facets of my life.
My time with the Lord is precious and weighty and magnificent and sweet.
I do struggle with focusing on Him when I am on task, forgetting that there is no separation between “secular” and “holy” in task, just in people. As a child of God, my every moment is to be holy, even in the mundane.
When I neglect, by intent or accident, my focused times with the Lord, I know it. It is like pulling away from the gas pump before starting to fill the tank (“Oh I still have enough to run some errands….”)–at some point during the day or days, I will run out of gas and be more susceptible to the enemy and my own sins.
Honestly, it took me a while to understand that the Lord, not my work, needed to be my priority. When my goal is Him, my work is sound as it glorifies Him. When my work is king, it is unsound. What starts as diligence turns into an idol or wasted time. We will talk about that more later, God willing. Remind me.
I likened time with the Lord as a car at a gas pump, but actually that is incorrect. It is more like the constant need for air (an overused metaphor, but accurate). My mind, heart, body, and spirit all need a constant supply of Him coursing through my day in order to be functional and sound and at peace. Sometimes this means a little lifting of my spirit to Him (thank you, Brother Lawrence for that–“Practice of the Presence of God”). Sometimes it is small denying of myself through the day as I see things start to gain too much foothold-mini fastings, if you will. It definitely involves praise and prayer and recognition of my sins.
What do you think? How much time do you spend in focus on the Lord. Do you ever get task saturated (as I do)? Have you noticed the benefits of the Lord through your day or are you at the beginning of this?