John Bradshaw - Finding More Time for God
Some years ago, a financial advisor wrote that "If you can't afford to buy a house, just stop buying lattes". His theory was that if you took the money, you fritted away, and invested that money, you'd get ahead. The idea, whether you subscribe to it or not, is that a little can become a lot. Money used in one way can be more productively used in another.
Now let's put home buying aside, we'll put investing aside for a moment, and we'll think about your spiritual life. A lot of people find it hard to pray or read the Bible, because they don't have time. But if you look at your browser's search history, you will more than likely find that you've been wasting more time than you realize.
If you have time to watch a two-hour movie or listen to a 40-minute podcast, if you listen to the radio when you commute, that's time you could have used to pray or read or listen to the word of God. And it isn't just the bad thing things that keep us from growing our relationship with God; people squandered time in myriad ways.
If you use some of those opportunities productively, you'll find you have more time for God, and that will grow because as you develop your relationship with God, you'll want less and less of the unnecessary, and more and more of the necessary.
After Jesus had fed the five thousand, he said, "Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost," in John 6:12.
If you're finding you don't have enough time for God, start by gathering up the fragments, rework the time you have, and watch your time with God take off. A little saved here, a little reassigned there and you'll find that you might just have all the time you need to develop a real faith in the almighty. I'm John Bradshaw for It Is Written.