I used to say this all the time when I first started running.
“I don’t have time.”
However I started to have a mindset shift when I visited a widow one afternoon. She had a friend over and he said something I’ll never forget.
“You make time for what’s important to you.”
Overtime, as I have sought the Lord to change my desires to match His, something had been on my heart quite a bit. This I believe is one of the most important aspects of God teaching me to redeem the time. I challenge you to pray this prayer from your heart, which is very similar to the one I used.
Lord, I need to know your will. What do you want me to do? What will glorify you the most? What did you specifically create me to do on this earth? I don’t want to waste my time doing a bunch of random things. I want my time to count.
I had a meltdown the last Friday of October because I was so stressed out about not being able to schedule and get things done. I felt like there was no time to do anything and I wondered if what I was doing was worth the struggle. I cried before God telling Him over and over, “I’m done. It’s too hard!”
Two weeks ago I talked about how worry is a Christian’s biggest waste of time because we put a band-aid on it rather than share it with God and leave it in His hands. If you missed that post, go back to it because it is a very important step to redeeming the time. The Biggest Waste of Time is Not What You Think
When I sought God to change my desires, there were a lot of things that had to let go in my life. I had to give up getting a higher paying job, practicing piano playing, riding my horse (which I eventually had to sell), and having more leisure time. My priorities changed and God started showing me how much time I really had. I am still struggling with balancing family and business, but that is what He is working on now and it is very difficult.
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.Ephesians 5:16-17
Join me in this week’s podcast, episode #28 on the Be Still and Run by Alli Anne show, to learn what God taught me to do instead of saying “I Don’t Have Time”.
May God bless you richly, Happy Running!