Two separate writing-related emails came my way yesterday, both of which talked about a writer’s biggest challenge: time. Then the prompt for today’s Five Minute Friday link-up hit my inbox early this morning. The word of the week is intentional.
Okay, God. I get it. At least the concept.
Time is slippery. Sneeze and it’s gone. Where did the day go? we ask, or worse yet, How is it already 2018?!?
If I’m not careful, my days are spent tackling the thing of the moment–whether that be an important email or a trivial topic that holds my attention. I can jump from one to the next while missing out on what matters most.
In my upcoming book Reflecting Easter, I write about a little phrase that deeply impacted me:
As was his custom.
Let’s look at it in its context to understand its power. The NIV says it this way, “Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him” (Luke 22:39) but the NASB says it like this:
And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him. (emphasis mine)
Jesus was used to crowds pressing in, eager to hear his words or witness a miracle. He could have allowed himself to be inundated with his work at all hours of the day, yet his “as was his custom” anchored him to his first priority: communion with his father.
The things we do “as is our custom” are the things that anchor us.
Is it our custom to binge watch tv? To make time for a friend, even when our schedule is a little too full? To soak in God’s word? To drain ourselves at work in pursuit of making it to the next rung?
What do these things tie you to? More importantly, What are you anchoring yourself to?The things we customarily do anchor us. What are you anchoring yourself to? Click To Tweet