How can we take Time to Speak with God in a Fast Food World?
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Picture this. You are sitting at a desk, a hunger pang hits you like a lead weight. You cannot stop thinking about the Big-mac you will buy when you go on your lunch break. You hope that you have enough time to drive to the bank to withdraw money from the atm, and then drive over to the pick up window of the McDonald's. You look at your watch and decide that it's too risky. We live in a fast paced world where we are constantly on the go. We sometimes use the same approach when we think about our relationship with God. We try to think of excuses about why we as Christians couldn't take some time away from that busy high maintenance job to devote some time to talk with God. I have found that there are many days when I wish I could have a conversation with God but I always come up with an excuse. "I could have talked to God, but I wouldn't have the time to read the newspaper" or "I had more pressing concerns today" believe it not by not alloting the time to speak to the Lord, I miss out on so many great things that he wants to show me. I used to participate in a weekly bible study written by Henry Backlady called "Experiencing God." My question was How can I experience God if I don't take the time to communicate with Him? Well there is always church, but for me that isn't enough. I need that time alone with God to talk with Him. I call it God time.
My wife and I have differing views on faith. I am very open about my faith. My wife Kathleen is less open, that's not a knock on her it's just to say that she is more eager to pray by herself behind closed doors, than in the open. I am just the opposite. When I do find time to speak to The Lord I will often do it outside or while I am driving, or even when I am walking to the store. Both ways work. I feel that the days I don't communicate with God are more chaotic and out of control. I know there are many of you out there who will read this and say "Yeah I feel the same way." There will be others who will disagree with what I am writing, that's ok. I know that for me I find things in my life are less tulmutous when I spend time in God's Word or in quiet reflection and prayer. To me I find that I need the time with the Lord to strengthen the relationship that I have with Him. I am relatively new in my walk with Jesus Christ, so it is vital that I take 30 minutes to spend some time just talking to God. I also value the time I can spend with other Christians in fellowship with God, as we engage in weekly bible studies or just talk about the great things that God has been doing in our lives.
I read at least two chapters from the bible a night or at least I try to, I take time to do my devotions at least twice to three times a week. It is hard in a fast paced world like ours to take time out for God. I find that when I do I am more calm and don't get as frustrated about the menial things in my life.
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Scott, Your title got me. Such a worthy topic! How we need the Lord! One suggestion - if you broke your article up into paragraphs it would be much easier to read. I must get off line now and go spend some time with my Lord. Thanks for the reminder! Donna
Good title, and definitely thumbs up for the content!