So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9
During my career, one of the most challenging days was Wednesday, the mid-week day, where your energy level was slowly plummeting. But the expectation was to work even harder because there were only two days left in the workweek. Since statistics prove that Friday has the lowest level of productivity, our organization utilized Wednesdays to catch up on the backlog along with reaching the daily goals for that day.
I often day-dreamed of how relieved I would feel on Friday at 5 pm as I struggled to meet the grueling deadlines. My desire for better Wednesdays never came to fruition as I struggled every week to meet the productivity standards; even so, I was successful by pushing myself beyond my level of peak energy.
Many times we reach a plateau in our spiritual lives and are unable to figure out the answer to having a closer and deeper relationship with God. We pray, study the Word, attend church, exercise, eat right, and practice kindness, but, still we feel as if something is missing. The solution to overcoming our stunted spiritual growth may link to how we utilize our time.
We have received the gift of 24 hours to complete our daily tasks along with serving God. While managing our daily distractions, it is easy for our secular activities to overpower our spiritual duties. God admonishes us to separate ourselves from the busyness of our daily tasks. Our spiritual responsibilities include more than praying, studying, and attending church; we are to emulate the life of Christ. Have we included helping others in their time of need, or is our time solely devoted to self?
The gift of our time is necessary to facilitate spiritual growth. Develop a Spiritual Time Log and set aside a minimum of 2 hours per week in the pursuit of a non-self activity by helping others. Communicate with local churches and shelters to volunteer your services, purchase some staple food items, and post on social media that you have extra food to donate. With a few time management changes, we can say good-bye to our “spiritual plateau” and reach our fullest potential by serving others in our journey of life.
For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink, I was a stranger, and you welcomed me…Matthew 25:35
Prayer: Dear God, We ask forgiveness for not doing our honest part in alleviating the suffering of others. Please give us the desire to live as Christ lived by helping those in need. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020