I was alone at home this morning.
My entire family went to our weekly congregation meeting, but being unwell, I couldn’t go this week. As soon as the house went from being chaotic with everyone frantically getting ready to leave, to quiet and still in an instant, I knew I was confronted with a decision.
It felt like a monumental decision.
The Dilemma of How To Spend Your Free Time
Do I do what I know I should do, or do I do what I actually want to do…?
In my case, what I knew I should do, was spend time with the Lord; worship, read and relish my Bible, and listen to an enriching sermon on the internet. These would be an investment I knew would greatly nourish my needy soul during the trying time I’m currently experiencing.
On the other hand, what I really wanted to do, was catch up on answering emails, write a blog post, prepare a wee eBook I’d been wanting to write, and a thousand little other things I have on my ever growing to-do list which I don’t often get around to to-doing :-).
I went back and forth, justifying in my mind the want to’s as opposed to the should do’s. Until at last I settled on doing what I should be doing. The struggle was great at first… I was spending time on something I wouldn’t see completed and activities that I wouldn’t be able to cross off on a physical list.
The Best Way To Spend Your Free Time
My friend, after simply worshipping along to three beautiful, God-glorifying, soul-challenging songs on Youtube, sharing with the Lord what I was going through, delving into God’s Word, and then listening further to His delightful principles through my favourite preacher on the internet, I felt as though the burdens of the world I had been carrying on my shoulders over the past weeks were lifted.
I realised that my very heart and soul soared with a joy I had not experienced since my miscarriage three weeks ago, and I humbly stood in awe and disbelief at my sinful thought that bypassing the treasure of spending time with the Mighty King of Kings would be a waste of my time.
It never is.
The rewards that dwelling in the Presence of God through His Word are far more satisfying, long-lasting, and precious than crossing off tens of items on any list. In fact, it is this very investment that rejuvenates your spirit, renews your mind, and elates your heart to continue walking on the often troublesome paths that we tackle in this world.
The Rewards of Choosing To Spend Your Free Time Wisely
Because really…What we don't realize is that what we should be doing, is actually what our souls want most anyway Click To Tweet
Being Mary’s sitting at His feet, rather than active Martha’s running around them.
You see, dear one, as a true believer, the best thing you can do is to make the sacrifice of taking time to delight yourself in Him, seeking Him (Psalm 9:10), unloading your cares upon Him (1 Peter 5:7), coming boldly before His Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16), and just being rather than doing.
Would dwelling in God’s Holy Presence, casting all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you, ever really be a waste of your time? (1 Peter 5:7)
May God grant you the passion and wisdom to be with Him at every opportunity!
And God is able to make all grace abound to you,
so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times,
you may abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
What keeps you from spending time with God rather than hitting the floor running?
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