My ringing alarm startled me awake. I quickly searched for my phone next to my bed, pounding rapidly on the screen willing the blaring to end.
When my finger finally landed on the snooze button, I fell back asleep. I repeated this process three times before finally turning the alarm off for good and getting out of bed.
By this time, I barely had the time to get ready and grab a cup of coffee and a pop tart for the road without being late for class. Eight o’clock classes are not my favorite.
I went to class, ate lunch, went to work, ate dinner, did homework, hung out with friends, did more homework, showered, then climbed in bed to repeat the whole day again tomorrow.
“I don’t have time to spend with God this week. I’m just too busy.” This is how I justified my terrible life balance to myself and my friends asking about my daily time with the Lord.
But the truth was, if I wasn’t wearing myself out by trying to cram as much productivity and fun into the day as possible, I wouldn’t be sleeping through my alarm, and I would have plenty of time to spend with God each morning.
Sometimes it is hard for us to balance every aspect of our life. But balancing our work, school, social, and family life with our spiritual life is so important for our souls.
Jesus modeled this balance for us in His life. Even in His busy days of ministering to the crowds through teaching and healing, Jesus still made time to get away from the busyness and be alone with God.
Jesus understood the importance of praying to His father daily and prioritizing their relationship. This may seem like a luxury to those of us who barely have time to eat lunch, but Jesus couldn’t imagine going a day without spending time with His father.
The president of my alma mater always says, “No Bible, no breakfast.” You wouldn’t forget to eat breakfast even if you’re in a hurry, would you? Or maybe you would. The point here is that you should prioritize spending time with the Lord through prayer and reading the Bible just as much as you prioritize eating every day.
Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33, ESV).
In my busy week at college, I neglected to spend time with God.
In a conversation with my friend, I casually mentioned that I was super stressed and felt exhausted and overwhelmed. She responded, “Well, no wonder. You haven’t spent any time resting in Christ this week.”
She was right. I had made myself so busy that I had neglected to take my stress to God. I was dumping out my spiritual pitcher, but not taking the time to fill it back up. In all of my busyness, I forgot to rest in my Savior.
When we prioritize our relationship with Christ and spend time in prayer and studying Scripture each and every day, our stress will not cease to exist but will be balanced with the rest and comfort we receive from Christ, it will feel much lighter on our souls.
The Bible tells us that “A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.” (Proverbs 11:1, ESV). And Job cried out in his final appeal to the Lord for his ways to “be weighed in just balance” (Job 31:6, ESV).
We need a “just weight” or a “just balance” in our lives.
May we seek Christ first, spend time with Him daily, and watch the other pieces of our lives fall into place. May we learn to balance every aspect of our lives in a way that honors the Lord. And may we use our time wisely by spending it with our Lord.