The Aug. 15, 2015 edition of CCM Magazine

The Aug. 15, 2015 edition of CCM Magazine

Recently, I have been reading through a devotional focused on the topics of work, life, and what the Bible says about balancing the two. It has provided wonderful insight and timely reminders on the importance of rest and play, and God’s intent on healthy dosages of those mixed into our busy lifestyles.

As we read of Jesus’ ministry in the New Testament, we tend to overlook the reason why He often departed from or avoided the chaos of a noisy crowd. Luke 5:16 (NLT) “But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.” This reminder was especially helpful for me these past few weeks. By taking moments out of a busy day to pray, I ended up feeling more capable of handling the stress of a heavy work load.

For me, however, the challenge is not simply stopping just to pray. Who doesn’t enjoy a little break every now and again—especially if it is inspired by an overflowing email inbox, non-stop calls and text messages, and the threat of impending deadlines? The challenge is making time with God a priority, and even further, making it my life’s ambition.

Life can get messy, and there are going to be days when work will dominate the available 24-hours we have been given. As we enter into the beginning of a new school year and busy fall season, let’s continue to ask ourselves this question:  How would my life operate today—in this very moment —if my ambition was Jesus?

Prayerfully,

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