Back in the day, there was a commercial for a men's hair care product, called: "Brylcream. It had a catchy jingle that went something like this: "Brylcream, a little dab will do ya, Brylcream you look so debonair, Brylcream the girls will all pursue ya, They love to get their fingers in your hair. This marketing slogan bragged about the fact that it didn't take a lot of Brylcream to make the man's hair look rich and wavy, it only took a "dab."
Well, that might work with regards to hair products, food, spices, an extra punctuation place in the appropriate spot etc. But when it comes to developing a personal relationship with the Lord, you are going to have to give him more that just a "dab" of your time. The Bible says that Daniel prayed three times a day. He was intentional about his relationship with Jehovah. It would do us well to have that same spirit, passion, and intentionality towards God.
Unfortunately, most of our time is taken up with the mundane activities or the day. There is work responsibilities, childcare to manage, the daily pressures of schoolwork, the calling of our ministries and pastoral care duties, caring for our aged parents, and a plethora of other activities that suck the life our of us on a daily basis. We hardly have time to enjoy the serendipities of life, that make living joyful and pleasurable!
A story is told in the November 2015 Daily Bread about a friend who was coming to town to visit some of his friends. Let's say his name was Joseph.
He was a very busy man and his schedule was tight, but after a difficult day in important meetings, he managed to see his friend, let's call him George, for half andhour for a quick and late dinner. The family enjoyed his visit, but at the end of the visit, looking down at his dinner plate, George remarked, "Gee, we only got the crumbs of his time."
If I were to press rewind, I recall that there were times in my younger days, in my 20's and 30's, that I only gave God a small fraction of my time in prayer and study of the Word. He definitely got the crumbs of my time and sometimes a few minutes at night before I crawled into my bed.
Daniel was a busy man. He held a prestigious position in government, in the ancient kingdom of Babylon. I am sure he had his hands full and ran everything on a tight schedule., However, he found time to pray to Jehovah God three times a day, giving praise, thanking and worshiping God. This routine helped him develop a strong faith that did not waver when he was thrown into the dungeon and had to look down the mouth or a voracious lion.
God desires a relationship with us. That is all He wanted from the very beginning, a family that would love, fellowship, praise, worship and thank him. Well, I don't have time, some may say. Let me help you with that:
In the morning we can invite Him into our day, and then we can praise Him and ask Him for His help throughout the day. We can't make the excuse that we overslept and didn't hear the alarm go off, because we have all types of phones and devices that have sounds, alarms, horn, bell, and whistles that will get our attention and wake us up.
We take bathroom breaks, snack breaks at the job; we can find a minute or two to whisper a pray, ask God to help you complete that report that is giving you a hard time. On the elevator or in the hallway, we can sing a hymn, hum a song, breath prayers of thanksgiving and coverings upon our children while they are at school. Where there is a will, there is always a way!
At other times we can treasure some quality time set aside just for our Heavenly Father, We can reflect upon his grace and mercy, His faithfulness towards us from the time or our youth, and event unto our mature age, whatever your current age might be.
As we spend time with God in prayer and in His Word, we grow more in our relationship with Him and we learn to become dependent and more and more like Him in our character everyday. As time with God becomes a priority in our lives, we will enjoy His company more and more. And He will actually be there in the car, in the mall, in the bathroom, in the cubical, in the grocery store, in the conference room before an important meeting, waiting for you to ask Him a question, or waiting for you to still your spirit, and hear his still small voice or peace and contentment.
Crumbs might be okay for pigeons, birds, and squirrels, but Our God Deserves More Than That.
It's a beautiful crisp day, almost all my leaves are off the trees in my yard, and thank God, they are off the lawn as well, Grateful for the fall cleanup today. My son's friends came to my rescue.
Have a blessed day and as always:
Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers!