She pulls a long face, looks down at the table top and slumps. “I don’t take enough time to be with God.”
I’ve seen this again, again – Christians beating themselves up for not spending enough time with God.
Perhaps they think taking time to be with God means taking time away from something else. It’s impossible to hoard time. We get the same amount of time each day, no matter what. So how do we “fit God in” as some people put it?
Connecting with God is easier than we think. It doesn’t require more time than not connecting.
In God is Closer Than You Think, John Ortberg wrote: “Spending the day with God does not necessarily involve doing different activities than you already do. It involves learning to do what you already do in a different way – doing it with God. It means acknowledging your dependence on God, telling him about your concerns, and inviting him to share each moment of the day with you. ”
As for me, lately I’ve been saying a prayer before (and sometimes silently during) meetings and encounters. “God, please let me be a good patient.” “God, please help me be an asset to the women at Dressed for Success.” “God, please help me encourage the people at SCORE.”
And, as I’m driving or cooking or petting my cat, I say, “Thank you, God, for this.”
And, when I read about the hoarder in my neighborhood, my default reaction was to judge her. Then I caught myself, and said a prayer for her. Maybe you’d like to pray for her, too.