He must increase, but I must decrease.
(John 3:30, ESV)
It's difficult to keep up. Yes, I have to admit that for us, it is difficult to keep up. With two children, the schedule in our house keeps us going here and there for sports and after school clubs. It just seems that there is more and more that is going on. More of this...more of that...more soccer practices...more baseball...more and more stuff. As I was traveling home the other night from yet another busy night of taking kids where they needed to go, I saw a bumper stick on the car in front of me. The message, "More Jesus."
It is a simple message and at the same time, it is a profound concept. There is only so much time in the day. This is a fact. There is only so much stuff we can fit into our schedules. Sometimes our schedules are so full that we have no time for Jesus. This is a truth that cannot be minimized. A glass can only hold so much Dr. Pepper. At one point, there will be a time that we will have to admit that the glass it full. Our schedules are the same way. There is only so much that we can pack into the waking hours of the day. The sad fact is that for me, when I fill that schedule with more and more, something important gets pushed aside. Many times, Jesus is what is pushed aside.
What would it be like for you and me to have more of Jesus today rather than more of our schedule? Make more of Jesus a priority with me today. I like the way Eugene Peterson renders this verse, "This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines."