I have watched the TV show “Hoarders”. The show centers around a person whose house is jammed and crammed with stuff. There is no room for anything, no room to move, and no room if they needed help. It’s often unsafe, unsanitary, and unlivable, yet the show is about someone who lives there for years.
Our time and lives are often like this. Our growth and spiritual formation is neglected as there is no room in our schedule, no time in our lives, no margin to grow in God. I am convinced that without time every day to focus on Christ, to listens, learn, read, worship, pray, and fellowship, we will never become who our Father has destined us to be. We will trade in having our heart shaped by God, for a shallow faith, with little to know change in our lives for years. An analogy to Hoarders, if our life is too cluttered, we are in spiritual danger, and the enemy can infiltrate our lives with things that are not “clean” or good for us at all. We can’t move around and our joy and peace are stolen from us.
How are we cluttered? I know my phone clutters my life. Emails and work often squeeze my time. There are too many things to watch, too many posts, too many shares, too many options for “other” things to do. I usually over commit my time to others or event to myself, thinking I MUST get so much accomplished in one day. I guess we do this to prove our worth.
We need to “make room”. To sit, listen read, journal, pray, sing, worship. Here are some practical suggestions to get us started.
- Turn off your phone, TV, and music and sit 2 minutes in silence to listen for the Lord’s “impressions”.
- Set a time of the day you can do this. Start with 15 minutes or more.
- Read a few verses of a Psalm and pray those verses. This is the ancient practice called “Lectio Divina”. Here is an easy guide to get you started..Click here
- Say the Lord’s Prayer. Here it is if you don’t know it. click here. Go back through and pray about the teaching of Christ in the Lord’s prayer.
- Reacquaint yourself with the teachings of Christ and read the book of John
Let’s make some time in our busy lives to be with Jesus. Let’s allow is Spirit to shape our hearts, speak to our lives, and change us from the inside out.