Neon Clock by WATERBOYsh. Shared under a Creative Commons License.
So, I just finished reading a book. You may have heard of it. It’s just a little world-wide phenom and New York Times bestseller called Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Yeah…that one.
I’ll spare sharing a full book review (You’re welcome). Though I wouldn’t classify this book as a “kicked-me-in-the-gut-and-changed-my-life” kind of book, I will say that Chan had some very important insights. One of the things that really popped out at me as I was reading is not an original thought. In fact, it’s actually very elementary: give God your time.
One of the things Chan is most known for is his emphasis on sacrificial giving. Whenever someone says those two words–“sacrificial giving”–I bet 89% of the population automatically envisions their wallet being emptied. But it’s not just a money thing. If you’re a Christian, you know this; I’m sure you’ve heard something like this before:
“Most of us are so busy that the thought of adding one more thing to our weekly schedule is stressful. Instead of adding another thing to our lives, perhaps God wants us to give Him all of our time and let Him direct it as He sees fit” (p. 120)
Calendar by DafneCholet. Shared under a Creative Commons License.
I’ve been giving God my time. I volunteer to help with events and activities at church. I help distribute food for the hungry. I write letters to kids in third world countries. I volunteer at my children’s schools. But, I’ve never really asked God if this was the best use of my time. I mean, why wouldn’t it? Teaching, helping, loving…these are all things we are commanded to do, right?
The simple fact is, I have been doing what I think God would want me to do without really consulting Him.
Here’s a hum-dinger of a question: What if God wanted you to do less? *jaw drops* Most Americans would consider that completely counterproductive. We think that by doing more, we are increasing our impact on the world, but that’s not necessarily true. If we did less, we’d be able to spend more energy focusing on a few, and that has the potential to impact the world way more than a person who is overextended in her obligations. Numbers don’t matter; changed lives is what counts most. What if we spent more time focusing on a wayward child, a sick neighbor, a friend who’s having a hard time or maybe something as simple as taking better care of your home so that there more peace in your family?
Yesterday I opened up a blank 2011 calendar and asked God to fill the pages Himself; to guide me in my decision-making and show me how I should best use my time.
Maybe God is asking you to do less, maybe He’s asking you to do more….the real question is: have you asked Him at all?