Where Can I Find the Time?: Making Space for Spiritual Growth
But how do we get started?
First, here’s what not to do.
Don’t beat yourself up for your past failures. You can’t change them.
Don’t make grandiose promises to do better. You’ll break them.
Instead, just bring your honest desire today. “Lord, I want to know You more.”
Second, admit that you cannot do this alone.
Yes, we want spiritual growth and vitality. But it is not by brute force or grit.
Life keeps us busy morning till night. Our flesh wants its own way. The world opposes us.
So the second thing to admit is this: “I can’t do this alone. I need Your help.”
The good news?
You’ve got it.
We have the Helper, the Holy Spirit, that comes to teach us (John 14:26).
So no matter how much you think you’ve failed, start here.
But there is an aspect of work on our part involved as well.
It is work to live out what we believe.
So third, determine your values and then find ways to live them out in real time.
For me, this means getting up early in the morning to meet with the Lord. I sacrifice my “me time” to sleep earlier.
It also means learning to pray about things instead of trying to do things in my own strength and ask God to bless them. I sacrifice my independence.
Spending time with Him now is a no-brainer. I don’t start my day without it.
It wasn’t always this way though. It is trained.
So think about the one thing (just one!) you need to add into your current lifestyle to start training yourself to rely on God alone.
Is there something you can do weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually, if not daily?
Sometimes we look at our schedules and think, “There’s no way I have the time!”
Let’s look at this from a different angle.
Is there something you can give up to make that time? Is there a lesser thing in your life that you can exchange for the greater thing?
Are you willing to put your relationship with God on high priority, setting it in first instead of trying to squeeze it in last?
Perhaps you are in a challenging season of life: new baby, health issues, and the like.
Given those circumstances, what one act of faith can you exercise?
Instead of bemoaning what you cannot do, instead, look for the ways you can connect with God.
There are so many different ways to do it!
Choose just one thing.
And then do it.
Do it in faith. Do it to train your soul.
Make space. Show up.
He’ll be there, ready to teach you.
It’ll be worth the sacrifice.