Leaving the Dust Bunnies Behind

April 24, 2013 | Tags: ,

062 - CopyDraw near to God, and He will draw near to you.

-James 4:8

I love this promise from God’s word in the Book of James. If I draw near to God, He will draw near to me. Stated another way, if I put myself in God’s way, He will do the rest. If I take precious and intentional time each day to place myself in His word, He is faithful to meet me exactly where I am–each and every time.

It’s so true. I’ve experienced it hundreds and hundreds of times. The most difficult part of the whole process–getting there. Taking the time to put God first and put everything else aside. Literally, dropping everything and opening the Bible to begin.

I’ll never forget the day, several years ago, when I experienced a huge breakthrough on this. I remember coming home from dropping my children off at preschool. After the drop-off, I had three precious hours to get all the things done I needed to get done. I pulled into the driveway. I thought–I need to vacuum. Badly. There was dog hair all over the house, clumped in little visible dust bunnies. It used to drive me nuts.

I stood in the middle of the family room, ready to begin. Then it hit me. I had not spent my time with God yet. So I intentionally made the choice to leave the vacuum where it was, the dust bunnies where they were, and I opened my Bible and began to pray. This tiny choice changed everything about how I prioritized my day. I put God first. And He changed me. Over time, He began to open my eyes to what truly needed to be attended to and what didn’t. I have come to realize that so much of what we think is important to do throughout the day really isn’t. God has a better way–a way that leads to peace and joy in living out our days.

Don’t allow yourself to be distracted any longer by the dust bunnies of life. God will take care of them if you put Him first. It’s a choice we need to make every day. Eventually, it will become a habit we cling to. I get up every morning and spend the first hour of my day with God. Now, if I don’t, I feel something is wrong. Friends, we all need to be there together if we stand any chance of fighting the good fight of faith, each and every day.

What dust bunnies do you need to leave behind today?

By Courtney Silberman

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