With my parents being educators my whole life, it always seemed that over the Christmas/New Years holidays we would finally have some "peace" in our life. I say this because from the time I was 10 until I graduated from college sports pretty much dominated our lives. Between my sister Haley playing golf all over the country and me playing baseball, football, and wrestling and my little sister Karly Raye trying every sport there was until she found out she enjoyed painting (She paints pictures that look like a professional did it) we were constantly on the go! There was always a practice or event we had to get to but over the holidays we generally slowed down a good bit. In high school I had a wrestling tournament or two but nothing major. The holidays were a time for us to reconnect as a family, and generally get some work done on our house. It seemed through my 3 1/2 years in college I would draw so near to God in the times I was home with my now beautiful wife Joah and my family. While working or simply hanging out my dad and I would always move our conversations to Jesus and I would be so consumed with the love Jesus had for me I didn't want to do anything else. I mention these things because we have just went through the best Christmas I have ever had and now that the holidays are over and it is time to get back into a routine I don't want to lose that connection, closeness, or oneness with God that can be credited much to the holiday season and the amount of time spent with friends and family where conversations about Jesus simply seemed to happen without any effort.
As everyone is starting to get back into their normal routines, too many times something begins to fall by the wayside. Unfortunately, that "thing" that normally slows down is out time spent with God. My dad has been preaching on intimacy with Christ for the last couple of Sundays and without time spent with Him there is now way intimacy can take place. I am reminded of the scripture in Luke where Jesus is talking to Martha:
38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’[k] feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 41 And Jesus[l] answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Yes, kids are back in school, adults are back to work, the holidays are over, and we no longer have the option to have a lazy day where we simply sleep all day. As you get back into that busy schedule of yours don't forget about the maker of the universe, the guy who created you and loves you, yes even YOU! Dont be like Martha distracted in doing good things or even in your busyness. Make time for the God of heaven who is simply waiting for you to turn everything over to Him! If this is you today, you have some decisions to make. What in your life needs to be put on pause so that you can have some time God. Because unlike popular opinion, the one slot Jesus will take in your life is number one! He will not occupy number 2, He wants all or nothing!
Simply listening out loud,