Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Magic of Making Time



There's a little irony in me posting this today. Mainly the one of me contemplating how exactly I will use my time this day. This isn't about Bible study, it's about time with God in general. But any Bible study can be a small part of that.

Here are three magic steps I've discovered to make time:



1. You have to look at what you gain and not what you're giving up. The worst part about this particular aspect of the magic is that you really have no clue as to what you're going to gain. Especially if you've never had a consistent time reading scripture. I can tell you from my experience that some of the things that you will see an increase of are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. That last one is the best.

2. You have to be consistent in where you try to create it. If you go about trying to make time whenever you can find it, you'll never find it. You have to look at your schedule and decide when your time making magic is going to happen and then don't stray from it. It doesn't matter if it's the first thing in the morning, the last thing at night, right after lunch. It's best to pick a time when you know that you can guard it well.

3. If other people are present in your life, you're going to have to let them know that you are practicing the magic of making time and that you can't be bothered during that five to fifteen minutes of your day. When Hannah was very young, I attended a conference and one of the leaders there said that one way that she helped her family recognize that time and space was by lighting a candle. When she would sit down, she would light a special candle that meant that she was making time to be with God and that when the candle was blown out, she would gladly help them with whatever they needed. If you have littles and are concerned about an open flame, battery operated candles work just as well.





Those are my three beginner steps to the magic of making time. I must warn you that there will be all kinds of obstacles to actually getting the magic to work. The world is not interested in you making time to be with God. The world doesn't want you to become friends with Jesus. So you have to be determined and know that it's worth every battle that you will face. This time making magic will change your life. So be strong and courageous. You can do it.

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