Monday this week was my first day at work this year! So after a couple of weeks off, it’s been a bit of a shock to the system having to get up and into work early again – I’m not a morning person, never have been never will be, so getting up early is not my thing at all.
It’s been a bit strange now it’s half way through January, just saying happy new year to work colleagues this week, as the new year seems ages ago now.
At the start of a new year many make new year resolutions. How many of you made any resolutions? Are you still keeping all of them or have some already failed?
I do not usually make any new year resolutions as I found in the past that I set myself unrealistic goals or targets which I never achieve. This year was no different, but while I was off I found the words of the song In This Quiet Moment, which the our songsters used as the call to worship on Sunday, going through my mind much of time. The more this song went round in my head the more I realised I have been guilty of just fitting God in around my other activities:
In this quiet moment, still, before your throne,
Conscious of your presence, knowing I am known,
In this quiet moment, set my spirit free,
In this quiet moment, make a better me.
Maybe that’s the problem, I haven’t had “quiet moments” in God’s presence. We’re all so busy these days, rushing about from one thing to another, that our time with God can almost get lost in amongst our other activities.
Do we do that with our other relationships and other activities? Do we put aside specific time to spend with our family and friends, to practice any musical instruments we play, to work on our hobbies?
Just as we must take time to work on our relationships with one another if we want them to grow and last, we must work on our relationship with God.
In this quiet moment…
Just as it tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 (The message) our relationship with God will grow when we spend quiet time with Him no matter how we may be feeling by reading the bible and praying:
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.
In this quiet moment…
So far this year, I have managed to stopped just “fitting God in” around other things, and have been able to set aside time each day for devotions.
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. (Thessalonians 5:16-18 – The message)
How about you, are you just “fitting God in” to your busy schedule or are you fitting everything else around your time with God?