Week 1 of 4: Checking Our Spiritual Pulse
I don't know about you, but life often feels busy. As a mom of a 8-year-old, 6-year-old, and an 18 month old, who also works part-time, our calendar is full. What I notice about my calendar, though, is that the things that matter to me find their place on my calendar.
A friend or family member calls to set up a time to meet, and I place this cherished meeting time on my calendar. My kids’ sports practices and activities are regular occurrences on my calendar, and I meticulously update my calendar with all of their school requirements. Work meetings, project deadlines, and daily tasks are honored without fail. These are often driven out of my commitment and responsibility to the people and things that are important to me.
What about your calendar? If someone was to look at your calendar, what would they notice about what is important to you? What shows up as a regular occurrence?
Do We Make Time for God?
But what about God? Is our relationship with God placed on our calendars with the same commitment that we do when we are making appointments with other people or for our children’s activities or for our work responsibilities? Have we allowed intentional time for God in our busy calendars or are we cramming God in whenever we can, half the time not even acknowledging God’s existence during our day?
Trust me- I have been there, where life simply got away from me and I did not make my relationship with God a priority. What I notice, though, is when I do not intentionally make time for God through prayer, the rest of life begins to feel off.
To monitor the health of my relationship with God and if I am keeping God a priority, I take my spiritual pulse every few months, which involves looking at my own life with God's help to see what I am noticing, and then asking God for help in noticing any new invitations. I invite you to do the same this week.
The below two reflections and suggested scriptures for the week will help you take your own spiritual pulse this week.
Next week, we will look at three things we can do to begin making time for God despite our busy calendars.