Without overthinking it, finish this sentence. I just wish I had (a little) more _______________.
More hours in my day? More peace and quiet? More sleep? More Oreos??
Well, the Oreos just slipped in there. Some days, all I really need is one more Oreo:) Are there ever too many?? Maybe some would be fine with a life without Oreos but, no doubt, everyone has lamented the desire for more hours in a day. More time – and the chance it allows them to get more done. To do more.
I read an interesting thought recently that really convicted me. It also really connected with today’s Five Minute Prompt of MORE. Here is the idea – taken from a devotional version of Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s book, Lies Women Believe – as well as my five minutes worth.
GO – Nancy said, regarding the lie that we can thrive without consistent prayer and time in God’s word, that our enemy, Satan, is happy (even encourages us, if you will) if we fill our lives and schedules with a lot of things “for God” without truly seeking God. We “may stir up a lot of religious dust, but we won’t do Satan’s kingdom any real damage.”
And how very good we are at filling up our day planners and agendas! Very often, even most often, we are busy doing good and worthwhile things. We may even long for more time in order… well, to do more good things. We are so “good” at all we do, we often do it in our strength. Exactly how the enemy wants us to go about our days. In our own strength and with our own wisdom, we really are ineffective and of no threat to our enemy. And, just that quickly and easily, all of our “doing good” comes between us and our savior. Between us and our true source of power and effectiveness.
We don’t need more time or more hours. We need to prioritize the 24 hours we are given. We need to give the first of our hours/days to the Lord. We need to seek His wisdom for how best to spend the day before us. Beginning each day with Bible reading and prayer is the best way to make the most of each day.
STOP – Going back to the question at the beginning of this post. More quality time with Christ Jesus is a true and worthwhile answer for all of us.
“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” Psalms 27:4