Logan, my 9-year-old, is an early bird. It’s a rare day that he isn’t up at 5:00am. He and I have that in common. We each like to do our own thing for the first hour of the day before anyone else is up. For me, it’s usually Bible study or a devotional. For Logan, it’s technology. He will either be on his iPad or the computer as soon as he gets the chance. We did have to make a rule that there is no technology before 5:30am. Otherwise, we found he would get up earlier and earlier just for that morning time. (Which does not lead to happy parents!)
This morning he was on the computer as usual while I was working in the kitchen. About 5 minutes before it’s time for breakfast, I always give him a warning. I did the same today. When the 5 minutes had passed, I told Logan it was time to get off. He said – “Sigh.” (He didn’t actually sigh, mind you. Somehow just saying the word “sigh” seems more effective to him.)
I noticed his response, which is not one I like, and asked him about it. The reason for the sigh was that he was still in the middle of a game. I get that it’s not fun to quit in the middle, but I had given him a warning. He knew his time was about up. I asked him “Did you not hear my warning?”
He said “I think I was too caught up in my game.”
I don’t doubt that he was. He often gets so engrossed in his favorite activities that he doesn’t notice anything around him, including his mother telling him that his time is almost up.
I couldn’t help but to see the spiritual parallel here. I so often find myself “caught up in my own game.”
Our life is one that is full. With three children, multiple jobs and activities, and personal hobbies and interests, it is so easy to get caught up in all of it. Some of those things are necessary, but others are part of my own game that I’ve constructed for my life. And sometimes I can get so caught up in it that I don’t hear my heavenly Father’s warnings. Just like with Logan, though, my time will have a limit. There will be a point when the time is over, whether I heard the warnings or not. I don’t want to be caught surprised, in the middle of my own game, and found ignoring my Father.
He calls us to lay down our lives. He calls us to put aside our own games and listen to Him and His plan for us.
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.” Luke 9:23-24
I find myself in the middle of a very busy week asking myself if I’m too caught up in my own game. I think I am. I think I’ll turn something off today that isn’t a necessity. I think I will turn to my heavenly Father and see what His plans are for me today.