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The Multi-Tasking Stops Here

by J. M. Farro on October 25th, 2010

When I was growing up, after dinner each night, my dad would settle himself in his favorite chair in our living room. I would often see him watching TV, listening to the radio, and reading the newspaper—all at the same time. My dad was the consummate multi-tasker. And on the one hand, I marveled at his ability to perform so many different tasks at one time. But on the other hand, I was frustrated by how difficult it was to get his attention. I can still remember having to call his name many times before I could get him to listen to me. Even so, I carried my father’s tendency to multi-task into my adult life.

Several months before my 40th birthday, I had a life-changing encounter with the living God, and I gave my life to Christ. I wanted to know Him in every way that He could be known, and I dug into the Scriptures, having a keen awareness that He would reveal Himself to me through His Word. One of the first things that the Lord dealt with me about was my multi-tasking. He let me know that if I was ever to have a truly personal and intimate relationship with Him, I would have to spend time with Him each day in undistracted prayer and Scripture reading. That doesn’t mean that I don’t listen to teaching CD’s while I’m driving in my car, or that I don’t pray while I’m ironing clothes. What it means is that I can’t expect to hear from the Lord, and to grow closer to Him every day, without giving Him the best of my time each day, and seeking Him without background noise or distractions.

Scripture says: “Be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10 AMP) When we get quiet and still before the Lord, He shows us glimpses of Himself, and He imparts revelation and understanding to us that draws us closer to Him, and that points us in the direction that He wants us to go. Then we can fulfill our God-given purpose and potential, and become all that God created us to be.

Today, I am living a life of purpose and meaning, and I know that it’s because I set aside time each day to be still and seek the Lord. If you are a habitual multi-tasker, I encourage you to seek the Lord about your habits and your lifestyle. Ask Him what changes He would have you make in your life right now, so that you can know Him better, and experience the better life He has in store for you!

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