“Sometimes the words too busy are substitutes for too lazy.” – Eugene Cho
At least that’s true for me. I didn’t always realize it though. For years, I considered myself a hard worker, always getting as much as possible done. If I wasn’t able to do something, like say reading my Bible, dating my wife, or spending enough time with my kids, I would use the excuse of busyness.
It’s kind of my go to excuse. That, or I feel like I’m getting burned out. That’s another good one I tell myself. And yet, despite my busyness, I always found time to play games on my phone, to watch my favorite tv shows, to sleep a little longer in the mornings. So, after a long, hard look in the mirror, I decided to make a change. (Mandatory Michael Jackson Reference)
Over the summer I began waking up an hour earlier than normal. I spend the time reading, writing, and investing in myself while my family sleeps. By waking up early, I’m not sacrificing time with my family later in the day. My goal is to become more devoted to the things that really matter in life.
Acts 2, is a pretty important chapter in the Bible. It’s where the church began. I love verses 42-47. Here’s an excerpt:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer… And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
What are you devoting your life to? Google defines devotion as showing great love or loyalty to. Maybe a better exercise would be to ask those around us what they think we’re devoting our lives to. We’re not always the most honest with ourselves.
Whatever it is we’re devoting our lives to, is it adding to your life? If not, maybe it’s time you made a change.