Several years ago when my son was seven years old, getting him up and ready for school was a daily challenge. His everyday murmurs of “I hate school”, “school is boring”, and “I don’t feel like getting dressed”, were getting old.
One morning as I trudged into his bedroom prepared for our normal routine, I had an idea. I told little Michael that if he got dressed quickly, we could sit down and eat breakfast together and be breakfast buddies, as opposed to grabbing pop tarts on the way out the door.
To my surprise, his face lit up, and he seemed excited about that idea! He jumped out of bed with newfound motivation to prepare for the day, and we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast together. From that day forward, Michael arose each day without a fuss, always anxious to eat with his breakfast buddy – little ‘ol me.
Even though it took extra effort to get up a little earlier than normal each day, this new plan made our mornings seem different, and he began to look forward to them instead of dreading them. Spending those precious, peaceful moments talking and eating breakfast together made him feel special and valued, and prepared him to face his day at school.
For several years after that, I heard his sweet little voice every morning, asking me to be his breakfast buddy. In fact, on many mornings I would open my eyes to find him eerily standing beside my bed, staring directly into my face with about a two inch distance between my face and his, and whispering “get up breakfast buddy, I’m hungry”.
Through this simple act of spending daily quality time – dedicated one on one time – with my precious little boy, our relationship blossomed. He felt valuable to me, and I felt valuable to him. It’s amazing what a difference time makes.
I wonder how much our relationship with God could blossom if we made Him our breakfast buddy every day? I wonder if our hearts would be transformed as we began listening to the right voice, instead of all the voices that clamor in our minds every morning?
I wonder how many mornings Jesus has stood at the edge of my bed, summoning me to be His breakfast buddy, but instead I simply rolled over and tried to go back to sleep. Or hopped up to start checking off my to-do lists. Or jumped in the shower to prepare for my day.
Yet, on those mornings when I actually do make a point to rise early and have breakfast with Jesus, spending time in His word and in prayer, I feel closer to Him and more at peace all throughout my day.
In the same way that my son was more motivated to begin his day when I committed to devoted time with him, making him feel special and loved, Jesus wants us to commit to spending with Him as well, where He can make us feel special and loved and prepared for whatever the day holds. The more time we spend with Him, the more we will begin to feel and believe that we really are valuable, that we really do matter, and that our lives count for something in God’s eyes.
Luke 12:6-7 says “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Did you know that in biblical times, sparrows were the lowest and least valuable commodity? Sold for less than a penny each? Basically they were deemed as worthless. But Jesus said not one of them was forgotten by God. Every sparrow was valuable in God’s eyes – so how much more are we, as children of God, worth to Him if He cares about the measly sparrows?
God doesn’t want us to spend time with Him because we feel obligated or out of Christian duty – but because He knows that the more time we spend with Him, the more we will begin to embrace how valuable we are. The more we embrace our value in Him, the more we will listen to and hear His voice. The more we hear His voice, the more likely we are to be excited about our faith and begin living intentionally and excitedly for Him.
The more we not only be still – but be still and listen – the more He can fill our hearts with forgiveness, peace, acceptance, joy and purpose. Time with Jesus is always time well spent.
I still eat breakfast with my little man – a.k.a breakfast buddy – every morning, even though he is 15 years old now. But I always try to make God my breakfast buddy too. Even if only two bowls of cereal are on the table, I always know that three chairs are filled.
Write in your journal or study guide about what keeps you from spending time with God each morning. Spend some time in prayer, asking God to help you prioritize time with Him, and fill you with a desire to make Him your breakfast buddy from this day forward.
Set a routine to spend time with God each morning, and make a commitment to stick to it. Mornings are always busy, so maybe consider getting up 30 minutes early each day. Consider looking up these verses for encouragement: Matthew 6:6, Exodus 9:13, Mark 1:35, Psalm 143:8.
** I came across a great article by Lifeway about How To Have A Quiet Time, if you’re interested. **
Since we’re focusing on spending quiet time with God, today’s giveaway is two pretty journals with today’s key verse on them. Inside, each page has a different inspirational scripture verse for the day.
To enter to win one of the journals, leave a comment sharing one thing you can do differently tomorrow morning, and all mornings going forward, to help you make Jesus your new breakfast buddy. 🙂