Give Jesus more time


Leanne Eckhart, writer


“Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Remember the Lord in all you do, and he will give you success.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Oops, I did it again; I severely procrastinated to the point of not doing it all.

Of course I didn’t procrastinate with my school work; my grades are too important.

Definitely not my music practice—I didn’t want to disappoint my teacher.

I also couldn’t let down my parents and not do my chores.

Instead, I put Jesus aside; I cut off morning worship for sleep, substituted Bible study for history, and uttered simple meal prayers for my starving stomach.

Needless to say, I didn’t feel guilty and felt my actions to be justified; however, as the weeks passed, I became more distant from my family, I was moody and judgmental, and I was so stressed that I lost sleep. I needed Jesus badly.

Recently, I gave God another shot, and the outcome has proven greater than I could have ever imagined. It’s interesting that when I cut out time in my day for Jesus, everything else I need to do seamlessly fits into my schedule. My problems didn’t all magically disappear, but now I can control them in a way that isn’t overwhelming.

You could say that I failed, a looming ‘F’ stamped on my heart. I messed up and reaped the effects of a life without the One I need the most, but God is incredibly amazing because He gives everyone second, third, infinite chances to repent and spend eternity with him.

In no way am I perfect, and in no way am I telling you not to do your homework, but try giving God some time. It doesn’t matter to God how badly you’ve messed up; He is always there to forgive and do something unexplainably incredible in our lives.