Not a Leftover
O taste and see that the LORD is good. (Ps 34:8a)
I open the fridge
door. It sits at the back of the shelf. I look around for other options. Even
if it might not be the healthiest of choices, in the back of my mind I know I
should finish it. I grudgingly reach for the plate of leftovers.
leftovers. Yet, have we not unwittingly made God a sort of leftover in our
lives? We make time for school, for work, for family, for friends, and even for
entertainment. We make no excuses for “me-time.” By the time we get to our
“God-time” of prayer and Bible-reading, it feels more like a leftover that we
force ourselves to get done. It becomes another item on our to-do list to check
How did the Lord
of heaven and earth, the Author of life, become relegated to the lowly place of
a mere leftover? Maybe it was a little busyness, a little laziness, or a little
bit of both.
Maybe it’s time to
reach into the back shelf of the fridge that is our life. Perhaps it’s time to
clean out the stale dish of half-hearted prayers and hurried Bible-reading.
Maybe it’s time to make a brand new serving of our favorite dish—delightful
time with God.
covering up our “God-time” with layers of excuses, let us make a deliberate
effort to insert prayer time in our schedule. Instead of looking around for the
junk food that the media and society so readily provide, let us munch on the
solid, organic food that is found in God’s word. Instead of pushing Him to the
back of the shelf, let us reach for our Bible before we reach for our mouse,
our remote control, or our cell phone.
are some of the types of “junk food” you resort to?
one specific time period when you are alert and able to dedicate yourself to God.