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Day Planner Overload

James 4:13-16

Verse 13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”

James now takes a shift from the discussion of interpersonal relations and starts a segment about lifestyle and relationship with God Himself.

Most of us have schedules that keep us running from one thing to the next. Our society even seems to applaud this behavior, even to the point of setting up systems that have our children’s schedules filled to the max which drives us even more. But what is really driving us to filling our lives with more and more activities?

One of the things that drives us is the desire to have more, and be more, than others. We get our kids into lots of extra-curricular activities so that they can be better than other kids and maybe get a scholarship someday. Or maybe it is a competition with others because we hear them talking about all the things that they are involved with or that their kids are involved with and we just can’t help ourselves from doing more too.

But what is behind all of this striving for more and to do more? Well, it isn’t born out of a deeper desire for God and time with Him. The truth is that the more we fill our schedule, the less likely our schedule will include dedicated times for God and the Church family. How often do we say we are too busy to be involved in a Bible study? Or how willing are we to dedicate time to be on a committee at church? This is not to say that filling up our time with the busyness of the church is the goal. In fact that may be just as hazardous, or maybe more so, as it gives us a false sense of drawing closer to God. Of course that doesn’t mean that we should never agree to be involved and/or serve.

This overload doesn’t just keep us from engaging in the Church family. This busyness in our lives often pushes off personal time with God – as a family unit and as individuals. It is so easy to say we can’t meet with Him right now because it will make us late for work. Or maybe the kids just don’t want to be quiet after dinner and everyone is tired so we forego the after dinner Bible reading. But don’t we make time for what is truly important to us?

Making It Personal

What does your schedule say about your relationship with God? Do you take time daily to be alone with God? What are you willing to change to deepen your relationship with Him?

Making It Personal Kids

Do you listen to the family Bible reading? Do you talk to Jesus by yourself sometimes? What are some ways you could use to get closer to Jesus?

Closing Prayer

Father, we love You and see the error of not wanting to spend time with You more than we want to spend on the things of this world. Show us how and when to seek time with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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