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a good gift

By Joelle Brinkley
October 31, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE to read today’s passages.

Lamentations 4:1-5:22
Hebrews 2:1-18
Psalm 103:1-22
Proverbs 26:23

I remember reading a business article recently that said that we all need to stop saying “we’re busy” as our automated response when people ask how we are doing. Has that always been our deflective response? Yes, even during a pandemic, we are still keeping a schedule even though most of the items on it may be completed at home. If we move along this thought process, we can take a moment to really reflect on what it means to be busy.

Is busy a distraction from us addressing deeper life issues? Is busy a distraction from trying new things? Is busy a distraction from God?

In our reading in Hebrews 2, we are reminded of the greatest gift that we have ever received when Jesus came to Earth for the greater rescue mission ever recorded in our worldly history. We are prompted to remember the gift of salvation that has been offered to us … for free. However, if we are busy stuffing our lives with overpacked schedules, then how do we have time to continually reflect on this gift?

I know that as a wife and mom to two boys that it can be hard to find time to quiet myself before God. Yet, I must remember that God is not asking for multiple hours of silenced Bible reading and reverence. He is asking for worship that looks like time in His Word, praise through music, vocal and silent prayers, and reflection upon what has been done for us.

Our busyness can distract us from many things, but I pray that it does not distract us from stopping to lift our eyes to the Heavens. The funny thing is that when we prioritize Him in our schedules then you will start to see that you are not so busy anymore. Why? It’s simple, because He will help you to put things on your schedule in order the way they should be which in time will make it look a little less busy and a lot more meaningful.

To Memorize:

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

— Psalm 103:8

Prayer to start with: Lord, busy is a catch phrase that needs to leave our vocabulary. We need to slow down our lives so that we can silence our hearts and minds before you. All the things that seek to distract us and take us away from you are not as important as how we revolve our lives around your redemptive work. May our hearts surrender to a slower pace of life that prioritizes your grace and goodness above all. In Jesus name, Amen.