I’ve lost count of the number of people that have told me they’re too busy. But. I do know it’s a big problem in our area of the world. Most of us do not address the issue of being too busy until life is engulfed and consumed. It certainly has been an ongoing battle in my own life. But. I’ve learned some important things to do in the midst of the battle.
First things first. We must pay attention to God: Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need (Matthew 6:33, NLT).
When we’re too busy, taking time to pay attention to God is often neglected and missed as an essential element to living well.
When we rush through the day, when we allow details to engulf us, when we’re quick to complain and slow to be grateful, when we’re stressed by the pace of it all, we’ve most likely missed opportunities to experience the greatness and goodness of God up close and personally.
Paying attention to God does not need to be complicated. There’s power in declaring the two statements in the classic children’s prayer:
God is great.
God is good.
These two statements give reason to pause and pay attention to God. It comes down to intentionally developing a daily pattern of creating space to acknowledge the presence and power of God with an attitude of gratitude and a sense of awe that we’ve been invited to be a part of God’s story. The thing is . . . we often behave as if we’re entitled to live absorbed with all we’re doing . . . and that ultimately our life is the story of all stories. But. In fact, the more we’re absorbed with the busyness of our personal life, the more we miss the whole point to living.
When we choose to create space, pausing and paying attention to God’s greatness and goodness, we experience what life is all about.
Pause and think on the words of the Psalmist with gratefulness and awe:
God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough.
There are no boundaries to his greatness.
Generation after generation stands in awe of your work;
each one tells stories of your mighty acts.
Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking;
I compose songs on your wonders.
Your marvelous doings are headline news;
I could write a book full of the details of your greatness.
The fame of your goodness spreads across the country;
your righteousness is on everyone’s lips. (Psalm 145:3-7, The Message).
Pause. Breathe. Pay attention to God’s greatness and goodness. Celebrate the gift of being part of the divine story.
Learning to Kickstart the day by creating space to pay attention to God,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)