Who doesn’t like shortcuts? I will take a shortcut any time I can. They can save time and energy. Here are a few shortcuts I use:
- Re-wash baggies to save money
- Pack lunches in containers so that the dishwasher can wash them instead of yours truly
- Use self-check out lanes to avoid wasting time standing in line at the regular lanes
- When I do use check out, line up items in on lane in the order I want my bags filled (not that it always works!)
- Scan pictures while preparing for lessons, while burning dvd’s for said lessons (I’m sitting in the same spot, so why not?)
- Eat lunch while driving to next assignment for work
Some are good shortcuts, some might shorten my life expectancy. While saving time, energy and money is all well and good, there are some things we should not short cut in our lives.
- Time alone with God
- Time set aside to worship in the house of God with others who love Him
- Time for those in need
- Time to lend a listening ear
- Time for family
And so the list goes on and on. Any of these that are short cuts will diminish the overall life you were meant to have. If you short cut your time alone with God, it will show in your attitude, your actions, your giving.
- When you are in the Word each day, it’s much more difficult to be short with someone when you have just read to love your enemies, be kind to those who hurt you…
- When you decide to skip church, (and, yes, it is a decision you make), you miss a blessing and being a blessing, not to mention that you are disobeying God…
- When you do not help those in need, yet you sleep in a warm bed at night; have a full belly when others are suffering from hunger pains…
- When you are too busy to realize that your little one just wants you to look them in the eye for that 3 seconds it takes for them to tell you something silly, you are missing out on the greatest of treasures! If you are too busy for those around you in pain who need someone to unload to, you really miss out on the beauty of love…
- When family is not priority, when the mundane routine is boring and you feel the need to let other people and things take over that time, everyone is missing out…
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16-17 Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
33 Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
16 But ·you [Lyour eyes] are blessed, because you see with your eyes and hear with your ears. 17 I tell you the truth, many prophets and ·good [righteous; just] people ·wanted [longed] to see the things that you now see, but they did not see them. And they ·wanted [longed] to hear the things that you now hear, but they did not hear them.
16 Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.
1 Timothy 5:8
8 Anyone who does not take care of his family and those in his house has turned away from the faith. He is worse than a person who has never put his trust in Christ.