The most common excuse people give when it comes to doing the disciplines to grow spiritually, like Bible reading, prayer, and serving others, is, “There is not enough time.” They’d love to get closer to God, learn the Bible, pray intimately, read a book, or whatever, but there just isn’t enough hours in the day.
Come on. There is always enough time if you spend it right. And don’t you think you have to quit your day job, either. Hang onto it and start a little earlier in the morning or later at night.
Instead of watching TV or playing World of Warcraft, work on your relationship with God. Instead of going to bed at 10, go to bed at 10:30. We’re not talking about all night prayer sessions or sixteen hour days- we’re talking about squeezing out a few extra hours a week. That’s enough time to get something going.
Once you do that, you’ll learn what really excites you and heals you in Christ. You’ll learn that your faith is not just a passing phase- in and out and random- but a consistent bedrock that’s the foundation of your existence. And think about it, you don’t risk or lose anything- other than a bit of time.
When you want something bad enough, you make the time- regardless of your other obligations. Just how bad do you want to follow Jesus? The truth is most people just don’t want Him bad enough. They protect their ego with the excuse of time.
Don’t let yourself off the hook with excuses. God is there, but it’s up to you to listen and allow his plan of grace unfold in you.
Besides, the perfect time never arrives. You’re always too busy, too young, young, too old, too broke, or too something else. You will fret away the treasure of a rich spiritual life waiting for things to work out perfectly, they’ll never happen.