Last year, I gave birth to a bubbly, adorable, healthy baby boy. Despite the sleepless nights and difficult teething phases (parents, I know you relate), our son has been a true joy in our lives! And, similar to many other women, I am working hard to lose the extra pounds I gained from my pregnancy. I’m up for the challenge, despite this appearing to be a long road ahead. Since committing to a healthier, more active lifestyle, my free time has become scarcer because I have been delegating this already sparse window of time to workouts and meal preparation. When you have a goal, you have to create and execute a solid plan, right?
Well, as the New Year approaches and resolutions are fresh on the minds of many, we simply cannot lose sight of cultivating a relationship with God, and not just when you have a free second or two, but as a top priority. Sure, losing weight, taking steps to move closer towards a professional goal, and saving more money are fantastic resolutions, but nothing supersedes prioritizing a relationship with Our Lord and Savior.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 NIV)
Have you evaluated the amount of time and energy you give your prayer life?
Is feeding your faith a top priority?
Let me be the first to say that I am no authority. As believers, we are all on this journey together. I am, however, here to share some perspective, perspective I often remind myself of as I aim to move closer towards a consistent, lasting relationship with God our Father. We have a tendency to plan our lives around our partners, children, work, and never-ending to-do lists. Well, we must “schedule” time for God in the same, pressing fashion. Waking up for a 5 am workout is difficult and, admittedly, finding time to dive into the Word of God can pose a challenge, too, but this fleshly battle must be overcome because focusing on Jesus is the only way to honor Him, experience lasting peace, and live the life He wants of us.
God blesses those who meet with Him, daily. We must crave His Word stronger and with more passion than we pursue the priorities and goals in our lives. The way we plan for other goals to come to fruition is the same way we must pursue His presence on a daily basis. I set my alarm to workout, each morning. Well, I also set my alarm to read scripture and pray. I know that life pulls me in what seems like a million directions, but I also know that He deserves uninterrupted time.
Well, as the New Year approaches and resolutions are fresh on the minds of many, we simply cannot lose sight of cultivating a relationship with God, and not just when you have a free second or two, but as a top priority.
Do not feel shame in having planned your New Year’s resolutions but having yet to plan how you will grow in your relationship with Christ. The truth is, he often lovingly shakes up our lives to send a message – to show us what is truly important and pull us away from what we thought was of the utmost importance in the first place. His reminder paves the way for you to make room in your schedule, heart, and mind to build on your relationship with the Lord. Establishing a relationship with Christ is more than a resolution – this is a lifestyle. He is not seeking perfection from our lives. He is asking for effort, every day, however, that may be in your life.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” —1 Corinthians 10:31