A great many people lead much too cluttered lives, including Christians. We don’t usually choose to be too busy; it just often “sneaks up on us.” We add a little bit at a  time and reach a point where we say: “How did I get so busy?” and we end up weighed down with the burdens. This is no accident! Our enemy wants us to be exhausted and distracted! Our abilities and responsibilities are limited. We need to be discerning and disciplined in what we allow to occupy our time and attention. If we don’t have time for meaningful devotions, we are too busy! If we don’t have time to enjoy and help (within reasonable bounds) our family, we are too busy! If we don’t have a time to relax and “unwind,” we are too busy! Carefully and wisely “weed out” any responsibilities that you took on impulsively, unless you are certain that God wants you to continue with them. Don’t take on things that He hasn’t equipped you to handle. Don’t use this as an excuse. Instead, determine how He has gifted you and what He has given you a strong urge to pursue. “Fun things” should not be allowed to take over our lives. A limited use is beneficial if they are wholesome things to enjoy. We must never try to “work God in;” we need to build our day’s activities and schedules around time with God. (A real emergency excepted). Once an emergency is handled, return to properly planning each day. Consider carefully the counsel of our Lord in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come unto Me, all (ye) that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Think on these wise words in, “Take Time to Be Holy,” by William D. Longstaff: “Take time to be holy, the world rushes on; spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone. By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be; thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see. Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide; and run not before Him, whatever betide. In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord, and, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word. Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul, each thought and each motive beneath His control.” Selah! “God doesn’t drive His sheep; He leads them!” (Source of quote is unknown).   Ron

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