By Brooke Hill
I’m a big-time planner. In reality, I preserve my very filled-out planners from school in order that I can look again and reminisce about all of the enjoyable issues I stuffed my time with. To this present day, each time I make a plan, I’ve so as to add it to my calendar to be sure that I don’t neglect about it and that nothing will overlap as a result of there’s simply a lot to do!
I’m discovering myself in a season of busyness once more proper now. Summers are all the time busy with enjoyable and touring and absorbing the sunshine, and with fall and the beginning of faculty comes the time when it feels as if someone presses the “resume” button and all the things picks up once more suddenly. As leaders, it’s typically simple to search out ourselves stretched skinny between main our youngsters, making an attempt to guide/be part of our personal neighborhood teams, serving, working, and making time to prioritize relationships in our lives. It’s simple for me to really feel stuffed and achieved as a result of I’m always doing one thing. But what good is that if I’m so busy that I can’t appear to search out thirty minutes of my day to take a seat in silence with the Lord? How can we lead if we’re too busy to spend time with the Creator that we’re spending most of our time encouraging others to show to?
There is nothing that can make us extra Godly aside from humbly permitting the Lord to sanctify us. It all goes again to Ephesians 2:8-9: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
God received’t love you any greater than He all the time has simply because your schedule is stuffed. Your busyness doesn’t make you a greater Christian or make God love you any greater than He already does. Yes, we’re actually known as to make disciples and to guide others to Christ. But that decision doesn’t negate the decision to spend time with the Lord and to relaxation. God loves the lady who spends most of her nights at residence alone being nonetheless and discovering relaxation in Him simply as a lot as He loves the chief who spends virtually each night time on the church or in folks’s properties. God set forth the instance of relaxation by taking a Sabbath after creating the universe; so, too, ought to we set an instance for our women by exhibiting them the significance of taking time to decelerate.
Have you ever seen the verbage in Psalm 23:1-2? “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.” To me, it certain appears like God is aware of that we are inclined to preserve going and never relaxation. He has to make us do it. It certain is extra enjoyable to take the initiative to proactively plan relaxation earlier than we get so sick or worn out that our our bodies actually drive us to relaxation (or God brings one thing else alongside to drive us to relaxation). Exhaustion shouldn’t be God’s finest for us.
What makes you’re keen on God extra? Appreciating His creation by taking a stroll by nature? Playing devices or singing? Reading a guide about Him? Spending time listening to Him whereas working or exercising? Rest doesn’t should appear to be sitting on the sofa doing nothing or getting additional hours of sleep. We should be stuffed in order that we might help others be stuffed. In the midst of the busyness, we should prioritize setting apart time to spend with God. It doesn’t make us any godlier to be so worn out by the tip of the weekend that we’re dreading one other approaching week. God loves you and He loves your coronary heart for kingdom actions, however He additionally received’t love you any much less for holding one night time per week for your self.
Make time for some quietness and calm in your week. Let Him make you lie down and lead you to nonetheless waters this week.
Brooke Hill is a current Baylor University grad who lives in Nashville, TN. She joined the Lifeway Students group as a content material specialist after graduating and is happy to contribute to equipping church buildings with content material to assist college students love Jesus extra. She’s led pupil small teams since she was a freshman in highschool and nonetheless loves it right now! Brooke enjoys discovering methods to serve in her neighborhood, studying guide, marveling at God’s creation by touring, and a comfy night time in with some yummy pizza.
This submit initially appeared on the Lifeway Girls weblog.