Setting Aside the Excuses to Spend Time with God

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Image copyright Alexas Photos, Pixabay

It’s been a while since I just sat and wrote here on the blog.

I can come up with all kinds of good excuses. But the truth is that I’ve been praying about what’s in my heart and where I am in my journey as a writer. Life has been busy and joy-filled enough that I’ve pushed any tiny “Where is my blog voice?” or even “WHAT is my blog voice?” doubts to the back of my mind in a rush of travel, appointments, and the countless tiny tasks that fill each day.

But those whispered doubts came to the front of my mind today during morning prayer. Ironically, they were brought up again by today’s gospel, Luke 14:15-24. If you haven’t read it yet, set this aside and spend the few spare moments you have today reading that instead. It’ll be a far better use of your time.

In that gospel passage, a man planned a great dinner and invited many. But when the big night came and he dispatched his servant to usher in the guests, the excuses began to pour in: “I’m too busy with work” or “I have to check out the big purchase I just made” or–my personal favorite–“I have just married a woman”.

Somehow, it cracked me up to know that even in Christ’s time, people were making excuses for their busyness. And that “blame my wife” was considered one of them!

Blogging is not prayer, but for me, my personal writing has always been a way to connect with the Divine. It has anchored me, helped me to work out spiritual “issues”, and offered me a way to share my faith with others. While I’ve preferred in the last few years to let CatholicMom.com be a place where the writing of others can shine, I’ve neglected of late to use these pages to sing my own love songs to the Creator.

So for a few minutes this morning, I’m forgetting about the many other things I should be doing and simply sitting, keyboard in hand, and letting the words flow. And it feels good. It feels right.

I challenge you today to ask yourself what excuses you’ve been making and what they’ve kept you from doing. Has your busyness kept you from spending time in silent prayer? Has the frenetic pace of your schedule kept your heart from turning to God–even if only for a few desperate moments–and crying audibly, “Help me!”? Have you missed Mass, the greatest “banquet” of them all, because of your hesitations to inconvenience others?

Christ reminds us in today’s gospel “Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.” What can you do today that will lead you closer to that Kingdom?

Now turn off the phone, set down the computer, and go do that.

Copyright 2015 Lisa M. Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

2 Comments

  1. I wrote a reflection about this today too, Lisa! I think part of our problem is that we feel the need to be productive and according to the world’s terms, time with God, relaxing or doing a hobby is not being productive. AND we think that something isn’t an excuse if it is a “good thing” – like “I just married a woman.” Of course he should devote time to his new wife. Of course we should give our careers our attention. Of course we should volunteer to work at our child’s school carnival… all good things, but sometimes it’s just an excuse that takes us away from focusing (even for 15 minutes) on God. Thanks for the challenge. I’m going to go work on my Bible study now – it’s only day 2… of 30!

  2. This is a much-needed reminder to put first things first! Today has indeed been one of those days when everything else seemed to get in the way. I need to remember that I shouldn’t be giving God my leftovers (time, energy, devotion.)

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