Are You Too Busy for God?

We all have responsibilities every day. These responsibilities are important things that need our attention.  But if we are not careful our hearts and our minds can be consumed with the task of keeping up with all these responsibilities.  We can end up shifting our attention from one important responsibility to another.   Frantically, trying to keep them all in motion, rather than centering ourselves in Christ and letting the responsibilities of our lives take their rightful place in Christ.  In other words, if Christ is not your center you will look like a crazy, frantic, busy woman trying to keep up with all your responsibilities.


We all know the story of Mary and Martha.  Mary dropped her responsibilities and sat at Jesus’ feet and she wanted to hear every word that Jesus had to say.  But Martha kept her responsibilities going.  She gave Jesus a breathless hello and a quick hug.  How many times do we just glance at Jesus?


I have learned, life works better when we know how to glance at things and gaze at Jesus. How many times have you rushed out of your house thinking, I can’t spend time with God today I am too busy? This is the way I have spent most of my life.  About 8 years ago, I had just started teaching a weekly women’s bible study on Sunday mornings.  One night, shortly after I started teaching our church had a women’s ministry open house.  Well, I thought, since I teach a women’s group, I need to show up.

I had no idea that God would use that night to change my life.  It was a divine appointment.  My friend, Jeanie Herndon, started the night talking about reading the Bible thru in a year from cover to cover.  I could hear the excitement and passion and joy in her voice.  Her enthusiasm for reading God’s Word was contagious.  I wanted what she had.  I wanted the same compassion she had to be in God’s Word. I was sitting in the back row and I was so convicted that my heart physically hurt like never before.  I have tried so many times to read God’s read from cover to cover on a daily basis but I have never succeeded.  Here God had given me the privilege to teach a women’s Bible Study and I had not read the Bible from cover to cover.  I could hear God say to me – I gave you all these years on earth and you didn’t have time to read my Word cover to cover and you didn’t have time to listen to my voice on a daily basis.

That night as I sat in the back row, I felt convicted, ashamed and embarrassed.  I was broken and I asked God to forgive me and help me.

I asked God to give me a hunger for His Word like never before because I knew couldn’t do it in my own strength.  God has answered that prayer and I have been on a journey of reading my Bible from cover to cover every year. As a result, I have been blessed more than I could have ever imagined in my wildest dreams. Every time I am in the Word, I fall more in love with Jesus every day.

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