“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
As Christians we all know this is the way it ought to be, but sometimes we still struggle with it. If you are at that point in your life, here’s some helpful advice from Dr. Paul Chappell:
Life places many demands on us. We struggle to balance work, school, sport’s practices, church activities, family needs, and the list could go on and on. Life is just plain busy and, sometimes, we become so busy with life that we forget Who we are living for.
One of the greatest needs of our lives is balance, and this can only be achieved as we keep Christ at the center of all other activity. How can you have balance in your life?
Find a place where you can daily spend time alone with God. Look at the beautiful picture of the sweetness of God’s presence the hymn writer paints through this song: “I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses. And the voice I hear falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses. And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own; and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”
God desires to share personal fellowship with you, but you must make the time to enjoy it.
Schedule a specific time to read God’s Word and talk to Him through prayer. God’s Word will encourage and strengthen you throughout the day. Read it, meditate on it, and memorize it. When your day seems too hectic to control or too hard to handle, bring your problems to the Lord. God doesn’t want you to get stressed out or frustrated; He wants to help you with all of your problems every day.
Make a plan to keep Christ as your center. Ephesians 5:16 says “Redeeming the time, because days are evil.” Instead of getting swept away with the chaos of life, surrender every day to God. Focus on His priorities for your day, and watch Him turn wasted time into eternal treasure.
When you make Christ the center of your life, the cares of this world become less weighty, and you will discover His joy and peace.