I admit, I would be lost without my Daytimer calendar (I'm a low-tech person).
Maybe for you it's your Blackberry or your iphone. Whatever the method, we keep our precious agenda where it can easily be accessed. Schedules, appointments, to-do lists...we live by them. At least I do. Sometimes I just groan when I look at what all is penciled in on a given day. Does that ever happen to you? If someone asks me, "How was your day?" I am likely to respond with a litany of what I got accomplished that day.
I think God had a different idea in mind when he created us. I don't believe He created us to be human "doings". I believe He created us to be human "beings". God created us to be in relationship with Him...period. He created us in His image so that we might relate to him. We have a brain, a soul and a spirit for a very special reason. Only problem is, we don't use them very often for the right reasons.
So often, I am about the wrong things. Don't get me wrong, things in life need to be taken care of, but what are we REALLY supposed to be about? In Luke 10:38-42, Jesus tells about coming to the home of Martha and Mary. While Martha spins around in Martha Stewart fashion, busying herself with all the preparations, Mary sits at Jesus' feet and just listens to Him and spends time with Him. Martha labors while Mary listens. Hmmm...who would I be in this story? Martha chides her sister for sitting idle while she does all the work. But what does Jesus say?
"Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it is not to be taken from her." (Luke 10: 41-42)
Busted. I'm busted. Too many times I put the agenda before the author. I am reminded time and time again in the Bible that I am to put things aside and seek God first. Not when I get around to it, but first.
Seek first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)
Again, it's the relationship, not the agenda that Jesus is highlighting. The Bible even goes so far as to say "Pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17). I don't believe we can pray constantly, but we can have an attititude of God-consciousness or God-surrender all the time. God simply wants to hang with us as my kids would say.
He loves us so much and created us for a love relationship with Him.
That was God's agenda...so what is mine? I'll end this post with a beautiful piece of prose (once again I didn't capture the author), but it really spoke to my heart and I hope it will speak to yours as to what we are to be all about:
I was made to praise You
I was made to glorify Your name
In every circumstance
To find a chance to thank You
I was made to love You
I was made to worship at Your feet
And to obey You Lord
I was made for You
I was made for the Lord...for His delight and good pleasure. To spend time with Him and just abide in His presence. Let me go right now and put that in ink in my Daytimer!
Will you join me?