There Is No Way Around It

reaping-sowingShort blog alert! I have actually logged out for a few minutes from my online job. Yikes. This means I am losing money trying to rescue your soul from the abyss.

Okay, all jokes aside, I want to remind you of two things.

First, sleep matters. I did not have to prepare a lecture today and was able to sleep another 30-45 minutes. It makes a difference. The amount of sleep affects your emotional life, your work ethic, and your overall attitude (positive or negative).

Secondly, I was able to sit in the Lord’s presence for awhile this morning. You might be saying, “Well, you should. Have you not been?” Not very much. The Lord opened a door for me to teach two months ago at Spokane Falls Community College. However, it is a five credit course which means that I lecture everyday. It takes me 2-3 or so hours to prepare for each lecture, then I teach for an hour, then I work 6-7 at my online job.

I know that all of our lives look different. In addition, each season will require different parts you. This is not good or bad, it just is. This is not a season where I can sit for 1-2 hours a day with the Lord. The beauty of it all is that there is no such formula. God is not expecting me to sit for that long (though my heart still craves it at times). But he does expect me to sit. Ten minutes. Twenty minutes. Here a little, there a little. You get the idea.

But no matter what season you are in and how busy you might feel, just from a little bit of sleep last night and some time with Jesus this morning, I can promise you that there is no way around this spiritual law: What you sow, you will reap (Galatians somewhere; go look it up).

Go to sleep. Carve out small moments (or larger when you can) for God’s presence. There is more to life than being a machine and blowing through your list of tasks.

Your physical body is part of your spiritual makeup. Don’t forget it. And time with Jesus is supernatural fuel. Not fuel to run yourself mad, but fuel to run his race and be present. Because let’s face it, if you are too tired or too empty to be present each and every moment of the day, you fail. Life passes you by.

Jesus’ way is better.

Time to log back in and make more money.


Published by B.J. Condrey, PhD

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

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