When Sarah asked me to write a letter of advice to my 25 year old self for her blog, I immediately loved the idea. I hadn’t visited that version of myself in my mind in quite a while. These days, as a newly arrived empty nester, most of my nostalgic memories are of the years with my children at home. But my 25 year old self didn’t have children yet; my 25 year old self wasn’t even married yet! As I look at 3 pieces of advice I would give my 25 year old self from the vantage point of my present self, my prayer is that God would meet you in the midst of these words...regardless of which stage you are in….
We need to communicate with God, being transparent with Him about the stance of our heart towards His Word. Are we intimidated? Bored? Feeling “too busy”? Not giving it the reverence it deserves? Tell God. He can handle it! After all, He already knows what’s going on in our spirit to a greater depth than even we know ourselves. Nevertheless, we must recognize it. When we come to Him acknowledging our need for help in this area, He will surely run toward us and guide us into His Truth.
Many of us (me), can get fixated on the completion of tasks, running from one to the next in the name of productivity. There is a perpetual to-do list calling our names that will create a slaves out of us if we don't pay close attention. We will find ourselves worshipping efficiency rather than living an effectively. There will always be urgent things vying for our attention, but we can choose to plan and create margin in our lives for the things that are important. It’s when we take a step back and choose the important over the urgent (or choosing the important mindset even while doing the urgent things that sometimes require our attention), that we will begin to see that there in fact is time for those things we'd been thinking there wasn’t time for.