Addicted to "on"

This is the phrase that is haunting me as we start the ‘Sync’ series.

Nearly a year ago a devotion I was reading posed this question:

“Do you spend enough time listening to God?”

My response:

The answer is an emphatic “NO!” This is likely my greatest challenge and hindrance as a leader. It’s almost as if I feel guilty for taking time to be still. Finding time alone, without distractions, is hard enough as it is but then I feel obligated to do all the things that are undone. I’m afraid I’m going to get in trouble if I’m not productive with my time. The irony is that time with God would be the most productive time I could spend! It’s a paradigm shift that I’m having trouble making.

Sadly, nearly a year since I wrote that I don’t feel like I’ve made any progress. Time to get serious!

So let me ask you:

“Do you spend enough time listening to God?”

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  • June 2, 2008  

    No…my answer is no as well – oddly enough I took a 4 hour nap yesterday. If I have time for that, I DEFINITELY have time for God.

    I just read Anne’s blog…you guys are going to be one happy blogging family!

  • Jonathan June 2, 2008  


    I live in a similar mindset. Incredibly, those times of just being reverent and receptive to God are so beneficial, but the issue still remains.

    Just as it is difficult to rip electrical wiring out of the walls of a house and “re-do” it all correctly, our personalities, traits, and habits can be viewed in a similar way. It’s not easy to undo and redo. However we must in order to meet our goal.

  • Kay Moore June 2, 2008  

    Absolutely not. Even in my “quiet” times, I am too loud! I am sooooo thankful for His grace that keeps drawing me back to Himself, and causing me to simply ponder over His greatness. I love it when He allows me to experience His presence, and then there really are no words, just awe! I am digging the new series, and as God would have it, is just in time for a lot of us!

  • tam June 2, 2008  

    i could write the exact same answer as you did. i almost copied and pasted it.

    my priorities are just a little out of whack. i need to fix that. now.

  • Jenni Catron June 2, 2008  

    Ok, so glad I’m not alone. Thank you all for sharing.

    Great analogy Jonathan!