Oh, the dreaded quiet time. Wait.. did I say dreaded? I meant WONDERFUL! That’s what I’m supposed to say as a Christian, right? Although, if we are absolutely honest with ourselves, there are times where we do not look forward to digging into the Word.
Personally, one of my biggest frustrations is attempting to find a time to sit down and actually read the Bible. It seems like, when I begin to get into a routine, something changes; classes, work, new events. How in the sam-hill am I supposed to find a time to study the Bible??
I, and I’m sure you have too, have heard many people talk about when they do their quiet time and it seems like every single one of them says something along the lines of, “I have found that doing my quiet time in the morning is the absolute best because it just starts my day off right.”
*Cue my rolling eyes*
If you are one of those people who can wake up early to do your quiet time with a hot cup of coffee, you are amazing. I am in no way, shape, or form a morning person. Ask my best friends, my family, my husband, and the people who I’ve gone on mission trips with. I have ‘angry eyes’ until about 10am. My alarm is already set for 5:40am so that I can get to school on time and I do not want to set it for any earlier.
I’m sure there are many of you who feel the same as I do. So now what? When are we supposed to do our quiet time?
A few weekends ago, I watched this amazing TED Talk on the priorities in our life. I encourage you to watch it as well because it will really help put into perspective your everyday activities.
After watching the video, I decided that I was going to make two lists of priorities. The first would be my ‘head priorities.’ These are the ones that, if someone were to ask me, I would give. This is what I preach to others about who I am as a person and what I value. My second list, was my ‘life priorities.’ This list would be the things I prioritize if someone were to simply watch my day-to-day life. What do I spend my free time doing?
Here’s the list:
Yikes. That’s not what I wanted to see. And I can bet that, if you were to do the same, you’d be bummed too.
The priority I wanted to work on the most was ‘God’, meaning that I needed to figure out when I was going to do my quiet time. In the TED Talk, Laura states that listing out your priorities each week helps to keep you on track. I realized that, unless I designated specific segments of my day to each activity, I would never consistently do my quiet time. If I’m going to be serious about any of the priorities on my ‘head list,’ I have to plan.
As I placed my quiet time in each of my days, I realized that I don’t have to read my Bible at the exact same time every day! My Monday, Wednesday, and Friday quiet time look different than Tuesday and Thursday because that is what works best for me! I don’t have to do it at 6am every morning, I just need to read the Bible. When my life changes after this school semester ends, I will have to update my schedule. Life is constantly changing.
Our schedules all look different. Some people like mornings, others like evenings. It’s okay to have a chaotic day as long as we know when we are going to quiet ourselves before God. I encourage you to focus on your priorities. Look at your day-to-day life and decide how you’ll schedule what’s important.