It’s pretty easy to be out of balance with how we spend our time. For instance, while I don’t think most Christians would say that Youtube videos, video games or even things like school or sports are more important to them than God, perhaps the way we spend our time can be unbalanced sometimes.
Now, it is possible to be living for God while doing other things, like sports, school, work, and even fun things. And, from all the things we see in Scripture, it does not seem that God created us to be sitting in our room all day every day reading the Bible and praying.
For instance, God created Adam and Eve to care for the earth - to work. We can see that relationships between people are significant, as God said it was not good for man to be alone. And, at the beginning, it talks about the Sabbath - a day for rest. So, all these things are good things that God created and instituted.
At the same point, we also see the importance and example of worshipping God and spending time with Him in the Bible. For instance, God’s people had the Sabbath day set aside to worship Him as well as rest. And, Jesus, during His time on earth, was an example of spending time with God the Father. Luke 5:16 says “But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray” (ESV).
Taking these things in mind, I’d like to encourage you to evaluate how you spend your time and to think and pray for God’s direction about whether or not you should make some adjustments.
Take a couple minutes or so to jot down some people and things that are priorities to you. Here are a few ideas to consider: God, family, friends, church, youth group, school, work, sports. Maybe you’d add in things like reading, video games, or other fun.
Then, after jotting these down, think:
- Do you think you are spending too much time on any of the priorities?
- Do you think you are spending too little time on any of these priorities?
- If it comes between one or more of these priorities, which one gets done and which one gets dropped - and is that the right decision? (Why?)
- What change do you think might be good to make?
If you think it would be good to make an adjustment, I’d encourage you to be realistic with the goals you set and maybe start out small and work your way to where you would hope to be! As just one example, if you haven’t been spending devotional time with God by reading the Bible and praying, perhaps start by setting apart 10 minutes each day. Then over time, maybe add to that until it gets where you would like that to be.
Other examples might be setting a specific time to work on homework, adjusting your schedule to make it possible to be at youth group each week, or setting a time limit on the amount of time you play video games or watch Youtube to be sure the time you spend is not way out of whack.
How you spend your time is not a matter of salvation, so don’t make it too big of an issue. But, it could certainly be helpful to evaluate if we could spend our time in more healthy ways. For whichever ways you believe it would be good to adjust, ask for - and depend on - God to help!