If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done” (Ecclesiastes 11:4 TLB).
To make the most of your time, don’t wait to begin.
There’s never going to be an ideal time for you to get control of your calendar. You may think, “I’m going to do this one of these days.” Or maybe you’re waiting to “get around to it.” One of our favorite phrases is, “When things settle down.” Yeah, right! Let me let you in on a little secret: “Things” are never going to settle down. Life is only speeding up, not getting slower. The older you get, the faster it goes. Second grade took forever! But now I’m wondering, Where did 2018 go?
If you’re thinking that you’re going to reach an ideal situation in life that will allow you to get control of your time and do the things that are really important, it’s not going to happen. Maybe you’re thinking, “When things settle down, then I’ll start having a daily quiet time with God. I’ll read my Bible when I have a lot of time to spare.” No! Do it now.Make the time.
If you’re thinking, “When things settle down, I’m going to spend more time with the kids,” here’s the thing: It’s not going to settle down until the kids leave the house. Do it now.You have to learn to spend time with your kids when things are not settled down.
Maybe you’re thinking, “When things settle down, my spouse and I will get romantic again.” But if you have to wait until you go to a tropical island on vacation to get romantic, it isn’t going to happen very often. Make your marriage a priority by making time for your spouse. Do it now.
Life must be lived under imperfect conditions. If the only time you enjoy your spouse is when things are perfect, you’re not ever going to enjoy them. If the only time you enjoy your kids is when things are perfect, you’re never going to enjoy them. If the only time you pray is when you feel like it, the Devil’s going to make sure you never feel like it.
You have to live your life and enjoy what God’s given you today in spite of imperfect conditions or circumstances. Stop looking for things to settle down. Don’t wait on “one of these days.” Do it now.
REST IN ME, MY CHILD, forgetting about the worries of the world. Focus on Me—Emmanuel—and let My living Presence envelop you in Peace. Tune in to My eternal security, for I am the same yesterday, today, and forever . If you live on the surface of life by focusing on ever-changing phenomena, you will find yourself echoing the words of Solomon: “Meaningless! Meaningless!
Everything is meaningless!” Living in collaboration with Me is the way to instill meaning into your days. Begin each day alone with Me, so that you can experience the reality of My Presence. As you spend time with Me, the way before you opens up step by step. Arise from the stillness of our communion, and gradually begin your journey through the day. Hold My hand in deliberate dependence on Me, and I will smooth out the
path before you.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. HEBREWS 13 : 8
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.”
ECCLESIASTE 1 : 2
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight..
PROVERBS 3 : 6
Hear God: Eliminate the Distractions
You can’t hear God when your mind is crowded with thoughts, worries, fears, and plans, or if you always have the radio or TV on. And if you constantly have your phone against your ear, when God calls all he gets is a busy signal!
All of these distractions are what Jesus was referring to in Luke 8 when he talked about the seed falling in the weeds. Today’s verse says those weeds grew with the seed and strangled it.
Now notice that this scenario is a little bit better than the shallow soil because the seed actually sprouts and grows. But the weeds choke it out so it never bears fruit. So many people hear God speak, but as they go on their way, life’s worries, riches, and pleasures choke them, so they never mature.
If you are always on the go and you can’t hear God, you are facing the barrier of busyness. Often we confuse busyness with productivity and they aren’t the same thing. If you keep going, going, going but you aren’t spiritually growing, growing, growing, you are busy, not productive.
Jesus says distractions are like weeds that grow up in your mind and heart, just as weeds grow in a garden.
How much effort does it take to grow weeds? None. Weeds are a sign of neglect. When you neglect your time with God, the weeds start to grow in your life. In order to overcome the weeds, you must learn to overcome your preoccupied mind.
First Kings 19:12 says that when God spoke to Elijah, it wasn’t in a wind or earthquake or fire; it was in a gentle whisper. If you want to hear God whisper to you, you have to be quiet.