Recognise any of these symptoms? You get irritated and edgy often. You desperately need sleep yet you cant stop your mind from keeping you awake. You know you need God but you dont seem to have the time. Ever. Maybe youre prioritising the wrong things. Youre saying yes out of guilt or obligation, and the knockon effect is saying no to something or somebody important.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus didnt seem to utter a single guiltridden yes. When Jesus had healed Peters motherinlaw, a crowd gathered and He ministered to them late into the night. Early the next morning when He slipped away to a quiet place to pray, the disciples went looking for Him. When they found Him, they exclaimed: Everyone is looking for You! But note Jesus response: Let us go somewhere else (Mark 1:38 NIV). He chose to be Spiritled, not guiltdriven. Its not up to you to meet every single need out there. If you have difficulty saying no, its ok to say, Let me pray about it and get back to you. Then pray, listen carefully, and make your decision. God wants us to keep a focus on Him, and occasionally well have to leave some things for others, in order to keep following His plan.
So what now? Again we are advising you spend time with God (do you think we think its a good idea?). Why not wrap up warm and take a walk outside in silence, without any headphones? Whatever you do, the important thing is intentionally to make the effort to meet with God.
Soulfood : 1 Sam 27-31, Matt 25:14-30, Ps 137, Prov 17:22-23