I live a pretty busy life.
Between working part-time at a community college, providing graphic design and branding services in a freelance capacity, trying to grow Ignite, leading a mission trip to the Czech Republic and co-leading another one to Romania, developing resources to help students and adults grow closer to God, sitting on the board of a local ministry geared to high school students, mentoring young people, trying to find and equip volunteers for Ignite, raising money for my mission trips and to go on with Ignite full time, blogging, and all the regular living chores, like grocery shopping, cleaning, doing laundry and dishes and everything else that goes into taking care of my house, my days get pretty full.
In all my busyness and to-do lists and responsibilities, it’s easy to lose track of the Sacred.
To push aside times with God to do more stuff.
To fill moments of silence with more noise.
To see others for what they can help me accomplish, not for who they are.
To treat each day as a massive to-do list rather than a gift from God.
Every where we go, everything we do, every person we come in contact with carries a piece of the Divine.
Sometimes, we need to be reminded of that truth.
So this Lenten season, I’m taking a step back.
Clearing out my to-do list.
Focusing on what’s most important.
And creating space for the Sacred.
I’m turning off the radio in my car, and infusing my life with more silence.
I’m signing out of social media at 10 p.m., and signing into my time with God.
I’m finding that one place where I can go to meet with God, and protecting it from any other responsibility.
I’m handing off certain duties, and focusing only on what I’m called to do.
All so I can encounter God.
I need Sacred spaces.
And so do you.
We need those places and seasons and moments where our focus shifts from what we do to who we are. We need those minutes in our day when we are reminded of who God is. We need those seasons of silence to quiet ourselves and hear the voice of God. We need those places in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and schools where we can escape the demands of life, put aside our to-do lists and chores and responsibilities, and encounter God.
How are you creating space for the Sacred in your life?