Giving God Your Best Time

Let me be upfront I find giving God my best time really hard and I often don’t manage it. When I get some energy I will often go straight to my ‘to do’ list (which is always long) without giving God a second thought. It isn’t easy to stop and decide to engage with God in such a moment.

The thing is meeting with God is far more important than anything on my ‘to do’ list and it is the most life giving thing I can do for myself. The way I see it is that by giving God my best time I’m giving him my firstfruits. Proverbs 3:9 says: ’honour the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.’ Now I don’t have an income right now but I can honour him by coming to him first rather than to worldly demands when I have energy.

I’m often very blessed when I do take the decision to use my moments of energy to meditate on a verse/read a daily devotional/sing a worship song/spend some time in prayer. The thing is it doesn’t matter if my energy lasts a minute or an hour. It is about giving God what we have (more about this in my post Ideas for Being Salt and Light when Really Unwell). I have been blown away by how it is out of these times that God gives me strength to face the next difficulty and how he often prompts me from one of these times to share some of what I learnt with someone else to encourage them.

One way I practically try to give God my best time is that I have got myself in the habit of looking at my Bible reading plan (The Bible in One Year) when I have some energy. Sometimes I read one section and that is all I can manage. Sometimes I listen to it and sometimes I manage to read all of it.

So my challenge for you and me today is to give God whatever your best time is. Ask him to speak to you and through you when you do.

NB I have low energy levels due to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the page Some Background on Me explains some more about my health journey.

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