Do you ever struggle with too many distractions in your life? Does this keep you from finding quiet time alone with God? Do your distractions (kids, jobs, spouses, etc.) keep you from always putting God first in your life? This is something I have been struggling with lately. I feel there are days when it seems as though God just gets the “leftovers” in my life. If I am being truly honest, most days I would say that my kids are taking that first spot on my priority list and it seems that God moves further down the list. Having small children can be exhausting but it’s no excuse not to stay focused on God first. In fact, I should be turning to God even more for strength and asking the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me every moment of the day.
Our Life Group has been going through the book “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. This book has really convicted me in these areas of my life. In the book Francis states “Our God is Holy and He deserves excellence. Some people protest that something is better than nothing! Is it really? Does anyone enjoy token praise? I’d rather you not say anything than compliment me out of obligation or guilt. Why would we think God is any different?” Being a follower of Christ, a true disciple, cannot be done halfheartedly or by giving God our “leftovers”. God must be the central to everything in our lives, not just what we pick and chose.
I know I struggle with giving God my best. Some areas I want to hang onto & make my own plans for (such as money and my kids’ future), and God gets the leftovers. But giving God my best (my all) requires allowing the Holy Spirit to work in me, transforming my life.
Francis states in his book that “many of us believe we have as much God as we want right now, a reasonable portion of God among all the other things in our lives.” He states “most of our thoughts are centered on the money we want to make, the school we want to attend, the body we aspire to have, the spouse we want to marry & the kind of person we want to become. I definitely get caught up in this. My focus too many times is on the here and now instead of having an eternal perspective and it scares me sometimes. Nothing in life should concern us more than our relationship with God. So why is it so hard to let go of everything else & focus on the only one who really matters? This world distracts us with so many things and sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in it all. God is so much bigger than all of this and He wants us to put our hope and our trust in Him. God wants our best and He deserves our best!!
These are the questions Francis asks in his book and should be asked by all of Christ’s disciples: Are you willing to say to God that he can have whatever he wants? Do you believe that wholehearted commitment to Him is more important than any other thing or person in your life? Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people He has made? These are tough questions but if we can honestly say yes to all of them, then we will know that we are giving God our best and not just our leftovers.
Thank you Lord for Your unconditional love and amazing grace.
Post by Jill Burke, Director of Preschool Ministry