When I’m “too busy”

Hey girls! I know, I know… you’re all probably wondering why there were no new blog posts the past few weeks. In fact, I have even been slacking on updating the TCG facebook page. To be completely honest, there probably wouldn’t have even been a post for tonight if I hadn’t forced myself to sit down and write one. *Gasp!*

So I sat on my bed and opened my laptop and began to think on what I should write to you ladies about. Truth be told, I couldn’t think of anything. Until a little voice inside my head told me to give up because I was too busy to write a blog tonight anyway. And then… it happened. Inspiration began to stir inside my mind. It was as if the clouds parted and the sun broke through as God’s voice began to speak, giving me an incredible word for you today….

Ok so it didn’t happen quite like that. But in case you missed the point, I figured out what I was going to be writing to you in this blog.

Earlier today I was really discouraged with myself because I haven’t been able to dedicate as much time to That Christian Girl as I’ve been wanting to. I was finally getting into the routine of posting a new blog every Thursday and, quite frankly, I’ve blown it these past few weeks. I told myself I would never give in to the excuse that I’m “too busy.” But the truth of the matter is that I really am busy. I’m a full-time college student with a part-time job. And the rest of my time is dedicated to serving in my local church. For me, there is no free time. Until I realized… I actually DO have free time.

I asked myself this question… What do I spend the majority of my time doing? This was a very eye-opening question for me because the answer unlocked the key to my “I’m too busy” syndrome. If I’m not at church, working, school, or doing homework… I’m usually online. Let me tell you, if there’s one thing I’m addicted to, it’s social media. I spend hours on facebook, twitter, instagram, and youtube. And doing what? Wasting time. And yet, I can’t post a blog because I’m “too busy.” Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a ton of papers to write, question sets to answer, and statistic problems to solve but it doesn’t change the fact that I’m always multitasking and pairing schoolwork with social media.

One thought that keeps coming to my mind lately (and I know God is definitely dealing with me on this) is that if we don’t have time for the things we want to do, we will go out of our way to do those things we want to do. What we want and make time for tells us (as well as others) what our priorities are.

When I find myself “too busy” to blog, chances are that something in my schedule can change. It’s called time management. We need to learn to order our priorities in life. There are things that are essential and other things that are non-essential. For example, playing wii or Farmville on facebook would be non-essentials. They’re not exactly priorities, just things that are leisurely and fun. But if I’m “too busy” to pray or talk to God, I am neglecting something that IS essential for my spiritual walk with Christ. Even if I were to consider the ministry here at That Christian Girl, I believe God has placed this ministry (and you ladies) on my heart and for this reason it’s an essential priority and needs to be above my wants to just chill and watch youtube videos of adorable, giggling babies.

When I’m “too busy” I need to sit down and reevaluate what’s really important. Everyone is given the same 24 hours each day. Assuming that you get a proper 8 hours of sleep, you still have 16 hours to live out your purpose in life. By the way, I’m writing this to myself here. I need this. We all need this. The more technology advances, the more time we waste where we could have been having a face-to-face conversation with someone about how much God loves them.

The more “socially connected” we become through social media, the more socially disconnected we become with others in real life.

We spend the majority of our time with our faces in our phones, laptops, and iPads and forget to put our faces into the Word of God.

We’re too busy.

We spend a ton of time texting, snap chatting, messaging, commenting, and tweeting each other. All the while forgetting about the time we need to spend in prayer to our God and king.

We’re too busy.

We go to birthday parties, football parties, amusement parks, concerts, and baseball games… But we’re too busy to come to church on a Sunday morning.

The next time I’m tempted to use the excuse that “I’m too busy,” I want to be reminded of what my priorities truly are. I know I’ve personally slipped up in a lot of these things. I’ll be honest. I’ve skipped my Bible reading, prayer, and devotion time with God because I was “too busy.” But I wasn’t too busy for the things that I wanted to do.

I leave you with one of the most impacting quotes in my life right now…

“If it is important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”

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pssst! Did you hear the exciting news? We will be starting a new series in the upcoming months! Keep an eye our for In Her Shoes!

That Christian Girl is a community of young, intellectual women who have come together to share life stories, encourage each other in our individual walks with God, and to bring a fresh perspective on some of the current trending events that are happening in our world today. Welcome to our hangout – a place where we hope you will find encouragement, happiness, and love…

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