When I was younger I told my mentor, Mike, the exact same thing. I remember how Mike smiled the wise smile of a sage and then gave me the assignment of making a time chart to record exactly how I spent my time for an entire week. At the end of the week I was very surprised to learn how I actually spent my time. I discovered that I spent one to two hours every day watching television and nearly an hour reading books, magazines and newspapers. (This was pre-internet days.) As a result, I started going to bed earlier instead of watching TV, and getting up an hour earlier each morning to invest time with Jesus. Some people thought that was radical, but I’m glad to be a radical when in my relationship with Jesus.
Martin Luther is said to have stated, I have so much to do today that I’m going to need get up 3 hours earlier to pray in order to get it all done. If Jesus is truly the CEO of our lives and work, we must learn that prayer is a powerful and efficient use of our time. If we are going to get to know anyone, we need to invest time with that person. If you want a close relationship with Jesus, you can have it, but you must cultivate that relationship through conversation, prayer – hanging out with Him.
Are you too busy to spend time with your Creator, CEO, Master, King and Friend? Ask yourself, “What might I need to change so that I can spend more time in prayer?”
PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for other 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.