Several weeks ago I found myself trying to figure out how much time I actually get to spend with my husband. I mean, my husband is my best friend, my confidant, my protector, the one person I can be my absolute self with, the one person I trust more than anyone in the world, the one I share my hopes and fears with, the father to our kids, the one whom I love with every fibre of my being. I treasure each moment we get to spend together, especially with all the hustle and bustle of life.
So I calculated what time we actually get to spend together. Each morning from the time we wake up until when he leaves for work, I get about 1 hour. Each evening when he gets home from work, minus the time he takes to practice his music and unwind from a stressful day of work I get about 2.5 hours, give or take. This is Monday to Friday, minus one Thursday every month for band practice, then I normally get about 30 minutes. Saturdays I get about 6.5 hours, taking work into consideration as well as practice time again. Sundays we get to spend the day together so that’s about 14 hours, but you’ll find that out of those 14 hours we get like 7 to 8 hours together. So basically if I add everything up for the month, I normally spend about 57.5 hours a week with my husband out of a total 168 hours that the week consists of. So in a month there is about 672 hours if you working on a 4 week month. Out of those 672 hours I spend about 230 hours with my husband. I am truly grateful for each and every second that I get to be with him and if I could I would give anything to spend more time with him.
This all got me thinking. I would give anything to spend more time with my husband when I’m already spending about 230 hours a month with him, but what about wanting to spend time with God. I mean how much time do I actually give to my Creator, the One I owe my very breath to, the One who provides my daily bread, the One who forgives me of my sins, the One who died on the cross for me? Let’s work it out.
So let’s say I spend about 15 minutes each day reading my bible, about another 10 minutes praying and about 45 minutes each day, Monday to Friday trying to teach my kids all about Jesus and His love. Maybe an additional minute here and there each time I run into an issue, and we can add a total of 30 minutes max each week listening to worship songs to uplift my spirit. Sundays we can add about 1.5 hours. If I add that up it works out to about 35 hours max a month. Out of a total of 672 hours a month I spend about 35 hours with the Lord. Here’s me being absolutely honest with you. Talk about not having my priorities straight.
I was certainly convicted and I am trying to spend more time with God each day. Surely I can make more time for the One who gave me time on this Earth. It’s amazing how easy it is to carve out time for our friends and family but yet we find it difficult to be alone with God. We can spend countless hours having meaningless conversations, yet we put a time frame on how long we should pray for or how long we will spend reading our bible. We spend day in and day out listening to radios and YouTube and songs on our phones but how much time do we spend listening to music about our Creator?
Here is where I want to encourage you…
I want you to think about how much time you actually spend with God, be honest with yourself.
A side note from me, all my calculations are just rough figures, it’s simply a way that God reached out to me to help me recognize where I need work in my life. So how about you calculate a rough figure for yourself and see what time you spend with God, it’s a wake-up call, believe me!