Have you ever found that you buttoned a shirt and got the buttons and holes in wrong alignment? Well, it has happened a few times to me when I was in a hurry and it got me recalling a simple lesson. To get all the shirt buttons in the right place, you start from the top button and work your way down. If you get the top buttons right, the rest fall in place.
I think single folk like me have a mixed experience in the midst of this pandemic. On one hand, I am mildly content that unlike my married friends with kids, I have not been stuck at home 24/7 with kids, caught in treadmill of daily grind. I’m imagining that situation hasn’t been fun, no matter how much you like your own kids!
However, most of my married friends also have two incomes which helps cushion any financial impact. The word says:
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)
As the pandemic seems to be an enemy that is vicious and relentless, I do get a bit anxious about finances and the future in general. It is a hint of anxiety that endures at times.
So here is a Biblical top button decision that I believe God is asking me to take.
Set aside 10% of time to the Lord for fasting.
There are 168 hours in a week. 10% of 168 equals 16.8 which is about the waking hours of one day.
This means setting aside one day of the week, perhaps without the phone, without unnecessary media and without checking the news. Instead, I’m dedicating one day of the week to fasting accompanied by an infusion of the word and prayer. Perhaps also I will “redeem” media by listening to my favourite Bible teachers on YouTube on the fast day.
One thing a lot of us are rich in during this season is time. So, single Christians, why don’t you consider taking this top button decision with me, and maybe share some day what the results have been? If you and I set aside 10% of time which is equivalent to the waking hours of one day of the week to fast, who knows what may happen: we may get fresh perspectives. We may get breakthroughs. We may see our reality changing. There may be a radical divine interruption of the status quo. In short, our life will be transformed!
This is an invitation to take one intensely practical top button decision. On the other side of our transformation is a world in need. It costs 16.8 hours a week. Can we afford to carry on with our lives just as they are?
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)
Written By : Noel Adolphus