I find value in busyness. I am a believer that I bring value to my church through being the first guy in and the last guy out. I have built my life around discipline. Most mornings I wake to start a routine to pack in more than most accomplish all day. Sun up to sun down I want to be known as a worker.
This past year as I contemplated my next spiritual step, I came to a startling discovery. Despite my work ethic, my busyness, my routines, and the ridiculous hours I keep, my devotional life with God was lackluster. Truthfully, time with God was an item to check off on a morning routine.
Over the past two weeks I have prayed that God would teach me to dwell and listen. You have no idea how hard this is for me. Not only am I always busy, my downtime is plugged in. While driving I listen to audiobooks, my spare time is spent connecting with people on Facebook, and I tend to fill the quiet moments of my life with noise.
Dwelling, listening, and contemplating is difficult for me.
In the midst of busyness, my heart yearns to know what it really means to taste and see that the Lord is good. I want to experience what Paul mentions in Philippians when he says that he considers all of life rubbish next to knowing Christ.
That is my goal for this year. I want to unplug more this year. I need to spend less time pursuing the same 8 political posts on Facebook. I need to set the phone down and turn off Netflix.
How about you? Is your life so crowded by the distractions that you are missing the wonder of knowing God? Would you join me as we learn how to dwell in God’s presence?