The past few weeks have been crazy!! Life feels like a beehive right now– busy with tons of activity! I’m not complaining, though. The various adventures keep me on my toes and make everyday life seem so much more exciting…. Okay, I am a little tired…. but, other than that, no complaints!
It’s fun when life is full of unexpected adventures! However, the busier we are, the more challenging it can be to quiet down and spend some quality time with the Father. To be totally honest, I’ve been so busy this past week, that I haven’t been as consistent in my quiet time with the Lord. Now, I know that we can (and should) talk to God all throughout our day— that’s wonderful! But, there’s something truly special in setting aside some time to totally focus on Christ.
Regular quiet time is sooooo important! It helps us to re-center the focus on Christ and draw closer to Him. It allows the Lord to “re-fuel” us ( as stated before, you can’t pour out to others, unless you’re constantly allowing Jesus to pour into you). And, it helps us to grow and remain rooted in the truth.
One of the truths that the Lord has been highlighting in my life, is in the area of identity. Ya know… who I am.
“Who am I?” has got to be one of the most mind-boggling questions ever. Why? Because people have come up with so many “answers”! How many people have, at some point in their lives, believed that their identity was in their appearance, relationships, work, or social status?
Let’s take an honest look at our own hearts. How many times have we gotten so busy with life (even the good things) that we lose sight of the greatest One in life? And thus… kinda lose sight of who we are in Him? I don’t know about you, but both my hands are raised right now! Yup! Been there more than once!
For years I’d helped in the children’s services every weekend at church and served at all the summer camps and conferences I love people, especially kids, and those children could melt my heart in a second! Now, however, I’m not as involved in our children’s ministry as I once was. I’m still absolutely love the children and leadership, and help out whenever I can– it’s just not as often as I used to be able to.For a while, I felt shocked– I’d always been “the girl who works with little kids”, and now… I wasn’t working with kids as often That’s when it kinda dawned on me…. I’d allowed what I did to define who I was, instead of letting God define me.
It was during this time, that I remembered some words of wisdom a friend gave me:
“Sasha… people are like diamonds. We have so many different facets to us! The only One who can truly show us our identity, is Christ. Sometimes, the diamonds are covered in our ‘flesh’… you know, our old sin nature that tries to get in the way. But, when we allow the Lord to begin removing the ‘fleshly cover’, the dazzling diamond facet that the Lord sees in us is allowed to shine through. That new, beautiful diamond, is how we are as we let Jesus purify and refine us…it’s the ‘transformed nature’ that Christ calls out in us…”
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.” ~ Romans 12:2
Our worth does not– and never will– come from what we do or who we know or what we own. Think about it– Christ died for us, before we’d even been born, let alone made any major achievements.
So, as we go about the amazing adventure of life, let’s remember to take some time to reset our focus on the Lord. He has so much depth and revelation in store for us– and by keeping our hearts in the right place, He’ll be able to fill us with grace to persever and run whole-heartedly!
” Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” ~ Hebrews 12:1
Can you think of some creative ways to set aside regular time to focus on the Lord?