Devotional Reading from the Daily Common Lectionary: Luke 21: 29-36
Text: Guard your hearts lest you be weighed down with busy work and worry. (v. 34)
Often someone I am asked if I’ve had a “busy” day. My standard reply is “Yes, but I’m just not sure if it was productive!” Frankly, that statement is truer than I wish to admit. We can become so busy with the “urgent” matters of life that we neglect the truly “important” things.
Jesus cautioned His disciples to learn a lesson from nature. When they saw leaves sprout they knew that summer was near. We recognize the changing of seasons by what is going on around us in nature. How is it that we miscalculate the changing seasons of life?
The Master went on to tell His disciples to “be alert” and to pray for strength so that they could avoid getting sucked into dancing to other people’s tunes or fall into the trap of being unproductive.
I find it helpful to begin the day with a time of prayer, asking for God’s guidance in all of the day’s planning and decisions. Then I ask myself throughout the day if what I am about to do is the best use of the limited time that God has given to me. This is not an effective tool, but it does help me recognize life’s traps.
Lord God, throughout today, help me to avoid the water-weight of “busyness” so that I may focus on the truly important things of this life. Amen.