I’m looking for something. Extra time.
Is it any wonder I keep losing my watch?
I like to keep a cheap sports watch. (Yes, kids, some people still wear watches, a clock on their arm, instead of using only their phones as clocks.)
I had a favorite black watch. I lost it. Two months later, on the day I gave up finding it, on my way out the door to buy a new one, I found it.
Then lost it again a few weeks later.
So I bought a new gray watch. And two months later, I left the gray watch in a golf cart at PAR’s charity golf tournament. Gone.
Then last week? Jeff found my old black one in his truck.
I always think I need more time, more time. There are so many things I want to do. And not enough time to do them in.
But do we need more time?
We’re often addicted to wanting more. Of everything.
- More time
- More information
- More stuff
And more Jesus?
We think we haven’t figured out enough about religion. We haven’t put all the pieces together about how God works. We’re unsure if our feelings are intense enough to qualify as “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.”
So we keep looking for more.
Call Off the Search
Jesus spoke to this very issue.
The apostle John recorded Jesus saying this to people of his time (John 5:39-40, The Message):
“You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me!
And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.”
Do we do this, too?
Do we have an addiction to searching? (Don’t ask how many times a day I google.)
What if today, just for today, we went directly to Jesus first instead of searching for him first in sermons and devotionals and church services?
Granted, he can be found in those places, too. Let’s notice his presence everywhere.
But if he is already with us, maybe we should call off the dogs. Stop the frantic search. Welcome his company instead.
Jesus is here.
This Is Enough
I can call off the search for extra time, too. I have enough time to do the things God wants me to do. I don’t have to sacrifice peace for projects.
I know where my watch is now. I’m putting it nightly in a jewelry box on my bedroom dresser. And I’ll try to leave it on when I’m out, not take it off and set it down.
No more searching.
This is enough.
Here are our three questions of the day:
(1) What’s your go-to for researching info? Google? Siri? A real person?
(2) What have you lost that really bothered you?
(3) What do you wish God would give you more of?
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What are your answers? Please share in the comments.
(1) I google (they handle over 3 billion searches a day!).
(2) I lost our marriage certificate somewhere along the way.
(3) Is it hypocritical to still say I want more time? I’m a work-in-progress with it.
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