Tired out by Christmas? Exhausted from all the cleaning, cooking, and celebrating? Somehow the holiday season (e.g., Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day) always seems to wear us out, not only physically and financially, but also emotionally and spiritually. We spend so much time going and doing, and not enough time just being. We act more like Martha’s than Mary’s, focusing on the tasks that need to be accomplished rather than simply resting and enjoying being with others.
Can I make a suggestion? It’s January, the time when many people form “New Year’s Resolutions.” I did so myself this year. But whether you choose to do so or not, may I suggest that you make a “Now” resolution, for today or this week or even this month? Can you resolve, with me, to take more time just to be, to sit at the feet of Jesus by spending time in His Word and communing with Him through prayer?
Consider the words of the following hymn. Read through them, and then pray through them. Make it your resolution for today to enjoy more quiet time with God.
Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.
(Take Time to be Holy, William D. Longstaff)