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A few weeks ago I led a devotional for the cast of a show I was in, “Alice in Wonderland.” Today’s post comes from that. :)

The character I probably relate to most in “Alice in Wonderland” is the White Rabbit. Why? Well, he’s always freaking out about the time! He constructs a huge schedule for himself, and if anything or anyone (like Alice) gets in the way of his schedule, he does his best to remove the “distraction” and get right back to work. There are so many things to do and not enough time do do them in!

I often get stressed about the time, specifically my management of it. I feel like I need to be productive 24/7, and that if I’m not busy doing things then I must not be pleasing God. That is such a lie, and even though in my head I knew it was a lie, my actions revealed that in my heart I still believed it to be true.

Until a Saturday morning a few weeks ago.

My family and I were going to the memorial service for a dear friend of ours named John. He had had a sudden battle with cancer, leaving behind a strong wife and darling granddaughters.

The entire service was beautiful, but what really caught my attention was a song someone sang called, “When It’s All Been Said and Done.” Here are a few of the lyrics:

When it’s all been said and done

There is just one thing that matters

Did I do my best to live for truth?

Did I live my life for you?

When it’s all been said and done

All my treasures will mean nothing

Only what I have done

For love’s rewards

Will stand the test of time…

When it’s all been said and done

You’re my life when life is gone

Those lyrics struck me. People at the service continued speaking, telling story after story of how John used his time…for others. About how he took time out of his day and out of his schedule to make someone else’s day and help people out. He let go of himself and lifted others up, providing a beautiful example of a man of God.

Nobody in that room cared what John’s GPA was, where he went to college, how often he went to the gym, or how much money he made. Those things didn’t matter. What mattered was not what he did but how he did it. 

As you can imagine, that had a huge impact on me. Later on I found this quote (from annvoskamp.com): “Activity for God is not the same as intimacy with God.”

How often do we get caught up in the “Do More For Jesus and You’ll Be Closer to Him and Happy” trap? Honestly, I think the enemy is trying to get Christians to become too busy. When we’re filled to the brim with ourselves, good works, and schedules, there’s no time to sit still with God, no space to abide in him, and no room in our minds and hearts to hear his voice (Revelation 3:20). We feel like the world depends on us, instead of releasing it to God’s control and trusting him. I’ve been reading in Colossians lately, and a key phrase in that book is “in him.” Everything is done in Christ, and we should be constantly dwelling in Jesus and his presence. Not always working for him, but always dwelling in him.

God created the day. He could have made it any length. God specifically made a day with 24 hours, and people who need rest and sleep. So…what if we stop worrying about having a busy schedule, as if the world depends on us? What if, instead, we look at each day as a gift? What if we do the things God provides for us to do to our best ability and be content with that?

At the end of all time, we will stand before the One who made us, the Ruler and Author of life Himself. What’s that conversation going to look like? Is it going to be chock full of all our deeds, or brimming with the love and dedication of our hearts? Good deeds are good—hence the name ;)—but they mean nothing unless backed by a true, loving heart. (James 2:14-17; Philippians 3:7-11)

So today, whatever it is that’s on your agenda, check it with the Lord. Be open to what and who he brings in to your day, and trust him.

And at the end of today, let’s ask the Lord, “Did I do my best to live for truth? Did I live my life for you?”


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