Read With Me Book Club: Shopping For Time by Carolyn Mahaney
Chapter 3 -The Second Tip: Sit Still
When it comes to time, the “pearl of shopping-for-time wisdom” or bargain of bargains is sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to His wisdom. Carolyn writes, “The key to becoming a successful shopper of time is to make our first priority that of seeking God through his Word and prayer. No extra hour of sleep, no “urgent” task we must complete, no service we can do for others is half as good a bargain as this one.” It’s often the urgent tasks that distract us from the prize of Jesus and leave us troubled about the day’s tasks ahead.
The chapter quotes C. S. Lewis’ description of the problem and solution: “It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.”
If you are like me, once you are out of bed, quite a few things pop out on the way to the quite time area, such as toys that didn’t make it back in the bin, random socks on the floor, a dirty dish, etc. Before I know it, the precious quiet hour I had is half over! Maybe you are not bombarded with tasks but thoughts. Things you want to do, unpleasant tasks ahead, how much you’ve procrastinated on such and such. Lewis nails the way to deal with all those distractions. Shove them back and listen to the other voice, the voice of God; let that “larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.”
The benefits to spending time at Jesus’ feet are priceless. “When we seek God through his Word and prayer, we glean wisdom for walking carefully. We obtain guidance for daily decisions. We find peace in the midst of life’s whirlwind. We are infused with strength to complete our tasks.”
Simple Ways to Start
1. Have a Bible reading plan. I love One Year Bibles. Instead of flipping for chapters, open to your bookmark.
2. Meditate on Scripture using sentences that begin with “God” and “I”. To complete the “God” sentences, ask yourself “What do these verses reveal about God?” For the “I” sentences, ask yourself, “What do I learn about myself in relation to God from these verses?” and “What do I resolve to do in response to God’s revelation of Himself in these verses?”
3. Pray in response to what you have learned. Praise and thank Him for the facets of grace you have seen in your time with Him.
4. You aren’t in a season where you are able to sit for a sustained amount of time? Find creative ways to ingest the Word by using audio Bibles, place verse cards in strategic places, and listen to a worship CD or sermon.
Our ministry passed out this “Bible Eater” Reading Plan “A Plan for Feeding on Christ in The Whole Bible in One Year” The picture on the front looks like a loaf of bread, but also a mouth with teeth. Check it out!
What helps you get into the Word?