Here are some thoughts that struck me recently:
- Most people I know are time-poor
- Life is busy enough but on top of everything else we as Christians are supposed to do a whole lot of spiritual stuff (read the Bible, pray, serve others, do church)
- God doesn’t want us to fulfill our worldly responsibilities half-hearted (work, partners, children, community) so it’s not really an option to cut back on those
So where does this leave us?
I think we have two choices:
1. Cut back on your spare time, in other words cut into your already think margins; or
2. Do most of the spiritual stuff while you’re doing the mundane stuff
Even though I’ve heard from many people I respect about the value of option 2, in the past I’ve been stuck with trying to make option 1 work as my main priority. As a result I’ve been pretty slack at the spiritual stuff plus I feel a nagging guilt when I rest, relax, and/or recuperate (e.g. reading fiction, watching TV, playing games on PC or PS3). I’m not trying to justify being lazy (I hope!) but God did give us the Sabbath which is all about rest. He also called us to be creative in living our life (Gal 6).
So I think it’s about time that I focus a lot more on option 2.
I am well aware of the power of habits and I remember reading it takes about a month for a habit to become ingrained. So this is what I am going to do for the next month:
- Every morning before work, Mon-Fri, read the Bible and pray
- Every day, during work, Mon-Fri, attempt to worship God (Monk), encourage fellow Christians (Cheerleader), serve others (Activist)
- Every evening, after work, Mon-Fri, reflect on how I went. I’ll use a journal for that.
Now obviously that time is not currently empty. I do not spend any part of my day just sitting staring at a wall. Something will have to be cut. At the moment I spend that time:
- Reading articles during and after breakfast, e.g. sports, news, Cracked.com, Filmink
- Relaxing, e.g. reading a book, watching TV, playing games on PC or PS3
Although I think those activities are good, if I’m honest I think I get more than enough of those activities in my week. Still, the flesh is going to complain so I’ll brace myself!
I start today; I’ll let you know how it goes.