Today’s reading from “My Utmost” speaks directly to many of our lives as students and young adults. We are so scattered, trying to decide what it is we are destined to do with our lives. Instead of abiding in God, we put our hands into so many pots and exhaust our resources of energy, emotions, time, service, and money. Let’s slow down, be more intentional and reflect our priorities in the mirror of God’s priorities.
I become tempted to spread myself too thin… Most things I commit to do are easily justified, but that is not the point. When I am so scattered, my life lacks the presence of meaningful friendships, self-less service, and general availability which I so value in my relationships with others.
“The most important rule for us is to concentrate on keeping our lives open to God. Let everything else including work, clothes, and food be set aside. The busyness of things obscures our concentration on God. We must maintain a position of beholding Him, keeping our lives completely spiritual through and through. Let other things come and go as they will; let other people criticize us as they will; but never allow anything to obscure the life that “is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). Never let a hurried lifestyle disturb the relationship of abiding in Him.” -Chambers
Last night, I had the joy to be surrounded by three wise women, all seeking God in their lives. These sweet friends of mine shared deeply from their hearts, as did I. Each one of us might apologize for being too long-winded or getting off subject, and the other three would object encouraging the speaker to continue. We were fed by each other, and energized by the choice we made to intentionally gather–setting no agenda for the night, but allowing God to present himself in our conversation. The depth of my friendships depends upon the space left open for the Lord.
“Consequently, [Jesus] is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25