Monday, September 8, 2014

Would You Give Up 1% of Your Day if You Knew It Would Change Your Life?

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What if I told you that you could completely change your life by adding just one thing to your day?
What if I told you that the one thing would only take 1% of your total day?

Would you do it?  You'd be crazy not to! 

Actually the 1% idea isn't my own.  I borrowed it from a post that my church placed on Facebook asking all of us to commit to spending 1% of our day reading the Bible and praying.  So, I was curious.  How long is 1% of a day?

With 1440 minutes making up a day, 1% of a day is 15 minutes. 

Honestly, I was surprised.  1% seems like such a miniscule amount.  On some days, 15 minutes can seem like a huge chunk. 

But then I think about how I waste 15 minutes.  Every. Single. Day.  A little Facebook here, Pinterest there.  Day dream here, TV show there.  The 15 minutes is gone, never to be available again.  15 minutes that I use to simplify or "better" my life.  15 minutes that I use to escape reality.

15 minutes each day reading the Bible, worshiping, and praying.

Listen.  I know you are busy.  I get it.  I used to think I was too busy for quiet time too.  I require my sleep, I thought.  I'll do it later, I compromised.  God understands my season of life, I justified.  All excuses.  Truthfully, they were lies from the enemy that I was believing.  

It took time but God showed me that 1% of my day is a very small sacrifice for me to give up.  Actually, He showed me that my life depended on that 1% of my day.  I can not keep going on my own strength.  I have to begin my day laying down my agenda and taking His yoke (Matthew 11:30). 

So, I ask you...will you commit to spending 1% of your day reading the Bible and praying?  I don't care who you are or what you do each day, every single one of us has 15 minutes to turn off the world and focus on the Creator of the world. 

Will you commit?

Don't know where to start?  Don't worry, I didn't either.  But you can learn along with me in my free ebook "A Quiet Time, Worth the Time."  In it I share mistakes I made and what God has taught me along the way.  It's an honest account of how God has made Himself real and personal to a girl who only knew Him as a distant Father.

2 comments :

  1. Hi Heidi, I've been struggling with this issue for a couple of years now. With two young kids who woke up EARLY it has been so easy to buy into all those lies you've talked about elsewhere on your blog and the end result has been distance between me and my heavenly Father. A couple of weeks ago, I got down on my hands and knees and begged God to help me conquer this issue. A few days later I saw you post this! What an answer to prayer! I have downloaded your e-book and am determined (with Jesus's help) to make quiet time my first priority. Thank you SO much for your encouragement and for taking the time to write these words.

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    1. Kristin - I love God's timing. I pray that the ebook provides you with the direction you need to get started. Please let me know what questions you have. It will not be easy to start but once you begin it will be precious.

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