(Below is a devotional message written by one of our members. Ronn Bisbee is an attorney in Dana Point, California, whose primary area of expertise is child support. His email address is below the message, if you want to communicate directly with him. With these words, he challenges each one of us to make an appointment with God every day and stick with it. You may prefer a different time than he chose, but who can argue with the need for such a priority?)
We’ve all said it thousands of times. The truth is that we’re all given 24 hours a day and each of us gets to decide how we are going to use those hours.
When something does not get done, it is because we chose to do something else instead, because we thought it was more important. Most of what we perceive as important and urgent will not really matter in the end, or even in a year. What is most important in life, I believe, are relationships, our relationships with other people and our relationship with God through Jesus. If we neglect either while we are getting things done, we’ve missed the boat.
After hearing a great message at church on a Wednesday night about a month ago, I decided to set an appointment with God every day. This is not the only time I spend with God, but 11 a.m. is the time that I set aside on a daily basis for at least 5-10 minutes. I know this is a baby step in my commitment as a Christian, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.
I am reminded of this appointment by a melody on my cell phone and I picked one that is soothing. When the melody plays at 11 a.m., it puts a smile on my face and the stress falls away because I realize in an instant that whatever I’m doing at the moment is not as important as it seems. Whatever it is, it will have to wait, because my relationship with God is infinitely more important.
We desperately need to refocus on what is eternal, rather than always on what is urgent, and that demands a deliberate decision. Will you make your relationship with God a priority on a daily basis? If so, make that appointment now and be sure to keep it.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. . .Make the most of every opportunity.” (Colossians 4:2, 5b)
Ronn Bisbee (firstname.lastname@example.org)