This past month has been one of the busiest months that I have ever experienced. Between preparing for my wedding to enjoying our honeymoon to moving across the United States, life has seemed like it has been going 150 mph. We all have those times in our lives when we can’t seem to slow down. But for most of us, these are the times when things can fall out of balance in our lives. Sometimes in the midst of those busy times, we need to sit down and evaluate where we stand in our priorities.
The first thing we need to check is our relationship with God. It is the most important relationship in our lives, yet sometimes it can be the most difficult to “find” time for. Make it a point to sit down sometime this week and give yourself a check-up on how that relationship is doing. Maybe this is the week you need to get back into spending time with God each day. Maybe, for some, this is a week you have some extra time to deepen that walk with Christ. The Bible says in Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” We cannot have clear direction or make wise decisions without being diligent in our relationship with God.
Secondly, take this time of busyness and thank God for the blessings he has given and is continuing to give. It can be so easy for me to go through a time of busyness never properly recognizing the blessings that God is giving. Our church just had an extremely busy week with Kidz Blast and Teen Extreme and it can be easy to not thank God for the many kids who were able to come and hear the Gospel for the first time. Our thankfulness should be a daily attitude. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Last but not least, take some time even in the busyness of this season and look to invest in those around you. I think this is something that we often excuse because of our busyness. "I have my things to do and I just don’t have the time to talk." It doesn’t have to be hours upon hours, but an encouraging note maybe slipped to someone. Maybe a meal shared where you can encourage another believer. Be proactive to create opportunities to do so and also capitalize on the ones that God places in your path.
-Bro Derek Whitman