We spend far too much time looking at temporary things. That is exactly what Satan wants you to do: ignore reality. Ignore eternity. Doubt the things that God says are true and significant. The devil bombards you with temporary issues. He is trying to make you love things that don’t last. How is he doing? – Francis Chan, chapter 5 of “You & Me: Marriage in the Light of Eternity”
When I first read this, I felt guilty.
I felt guilty because I knew Satan had won at convincing me to get wrapped up in temporary things. I was already there. He wasn’t trying to make me love things that don’t last, I already did. I still do.
We always say that we don’t have time for this or that- that we’re too busy.
We preoccupy ourselves with things that don’t matter in light of eternity.
We preoccupy our valuable time with things that don’t matter. Social media, worrying about what other people think, staying up to date with the latest fashion trends. These things aren’t important. They don’t contribute anything to our eternal future.
Have you wondered what impact it would have on your life to spend 10 less minutes online a day? To dedicate those ten minutes to reflection, meditation, scripture reading, or prayer?
Have you also wondered how you would start to feel after only 10 minutes of real talk with God? Honest, genuine talk?
I wonder if, after spending 10 minutes in scripture, it would be easier to give up another 10 minutes. Or 20 minutes. Or more. I wonder if I would start to find myself craving those 10 minutes and feeling incomplete without them.
There’s only one way to find out.
So let’s dive in. Let’s set aside a few minutes today, away from the things that don’t matter and prioritize the things that do.