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The Lie We Tend to Believe

Posted on July 28, 2021
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When it comes to life, we all tend to have something in common: we’re busy! You might have a job that is demanding of your time and energy. You might have certain responsibilities, things that are expected of you. You might have a family, a husband or wife, or kids that need watching and nurturing. On top of all of this, you have hobbies, entertainment, and get-togethers that are meant to help you unwind or relax. So it’s no surprise when we often find ourselves saying a lie (one that we believe). The lie is this: “I’m too busy.” 


It’s often an excuse we use. What we mean is that we’re too busy to spend time with God, too busy to get involved in a ministry, too busy to go to church, etc. Are you REALLY too busy for spiritual things that matter to your soul? Charles Swindoll put it like this: “If you’re too busy to meet with the Lord…then you are simply too busy.” This means you might need to cut something out of your life, rearrange your schedule, or adjust your priorities. 


And that’s it: it’s a matter of priorities. If God isn’t your number one priority, then something is wrong. It’s been said, “You always have time for that which is important to you.” The young man who says he doesn’t have time to read his Bible but spends two or three hours at night watching TV is proving that something’s not right. His priorities are messed up, and his statement “I’m too busy” is a blatant lie. 


Now don’t get me wrong, life can get very busy, and the things of life can be very important, which often leads to weariness. I’m not denying that. But notice what the psalmist David said: “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee…” (Psa. 63:1a). David would get up early in the morning to spend time with God. Perhaps that’s what you might need to do: get up a little earlier to spend time with the Lord. This means you probably shouldn’t stay up until one o’clock in the morning if you need to get up at five. Jesus would also get up early in the morning to spend time with His Father (see Mark 1:35). 


Don’t be afraid to adjust your schedule, moving things around, or cutting something out completely. We’re so afraid of change sometimes that we aren’t willing to take that necessary step. Here’s another change: change “I don’t have time” to “I’ll make time.” When it comes to something that’s important to us, we make time for it. So make time for God, make time for prayer, and make time for ministry. Instead of saying, “I’m too busy,” get in the habit of saying, “Let me check my schedule and see if I can fit that in.” 


Another word comes to mind: flexibility. Be sure to be flexible when it comes to the things on your schedule. Don’t ever flex God out of your life. He should be your number one priority. This means that nothing should interfere with your devotional time in the morning, your prayer time, or going to church. These should be the biggest priorities in your life. So look over your busy schedule, and make the needed adjustments. Don’t make excuses, make time! 

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