Four hours: The average amount of time I spent in the library this past week studying for midterms. I was definitely stressed, to say the least. Not only was I sleep-deprived, but I found myself omitting things in order to accommodate for the amount of homework, the amount of stress; this included omitting my quiet time with God. This is a common struggle for most of us; we push our relationship with Jesus to the end of our list because we just “don’t have time.” In reality, however, we have more than enough time within our day to accomplish everything that we need to get done: The problem isn’t lack of time, but rather how we spend the time we are given.

In the Fellowship of the Ring, the first book in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Gandalf speaks to Frodo about time management:

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

We must decide how to spend our time, whether or not we will make time to spend with God. When we look into the Word, we find the perfect example of making time to spend with our Father. Mark 1:35(ESV) gives an example of Jesus’ discipline:

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark,

He departed and went out to a desolate place,

and there He prayed.”

We need to make time to spend with the Lord. There will always be distractions that seem to be more urgent, but our relationship with Jesus should be the most important part of our lives: Nothing is more necessary than spending time with our Savior!

I challenge you to make time every day to spend with Him, in prayer and through reading His Word, no matter what amount of stress we seem to be facing.

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