A Christian daily devotional about how to have all the time you need.
There is only one way to have all the time you need.
Stop doing what you think you should be doing and start doing what God has called you to do.
I long to do what God has called me to do. I desire to serve God with my life. I want my life to mean something, to have value, to be something more.
Yet… How do I know what God has called me to do?
Start With Now to Learn How to Have All the Time You Need.
I start with now.
…Choose this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
I choose this day. My Type-A analytic brain loves to cross huge expanses of space and time, like sci-fi time travel. Does yours do that, too?
I’m learning there is a deep danger with living in the future, because I’m not fulfilling God’s plans for me in the now.
I’m so busy planning how I’ll pay for my kids’ college, I’m not helping them with their homework today.
I’m too focused on how I’ll handle my business as it’s growing larger, yet I forget to enjoy writing for the faithful readers I have now.
I’m concerned about a race coming in six months, and I forget to enjoy this season of rest I’m currently savoring.
How Do I Know What God is Calling Me To Do?
How do I know what God is calling me to do? God is calling you to love Him with your whole, complete life. This requires a deep commitment and an ongoing, interactive relationship with Him. I need to seek God’s guidance and direction for each step I take.
When I’m twenty or 200 steps ahead, I’m not praying about today. My desire is to grow in loving the Lord more, serving Him, and seeking Him.
I start with prayer today. I read a devotion and a Scripture passage today.
My life is messed up. I make tons of mistakes. I am so far from perfect it is laughable. Yet I know God will use all of it if I allow Him.
And he (Jesus) said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’ Matthew 22:37-40
I’ve discovered I use a thought pattern that gets me into trouble. It’s “If ____, then _____.”
If/then equations work great for mathematicians, but not for life.
When I catch myself thinking, “If I just do ______, then _______ will happen”, that’s my selfish nature taking over. I’m not relying on God’s provision or seeking God for guidance. I’ve taken the reigns, and I’m sure I can control exactly how my life is going to go. If I write a blog about this topic, then hundreds of people will read it. If I am more strict with my kids, then they will be better behaved. If I run 4 times a week, then I’ll lose 10 pounds by Christmas.
Yet this is what God says:
“Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3
No If. No Then. God does say — established plans. I want His established plans, not mine.
All the time you need, to serve a God who calls you as His own.
What is God calling you to do today?
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Anita Ojeda says
God is calling me to calm down! I get a little stressed and frenzied near deadlines. I have to give myself grace to know that that I’m doing the best I can with the time allotted me. I don’t waste time, so I need to delegate and not cling to the ‘I-have-to-do-it-if-it’t-going-to-be-right attitude!
I hear you! It’s so true that we need to give it to God. Thanks for commenting.
Emma Craig says
I agree that many of us are so busy thinking or planning for the future, we forget to enjoy the here and now. If we take time to truly appreciate what we have in the moment, we’ll all be better off for it. Beautiful post!
Sara Borgstede says
Thank you, Emma! I wrote this as much as a reminder for myself as anything. I get so caught up in worrying about the future and forget to enjoy the day I am in, yet God has given me so many blessings today. I want to learn to savor them.