Pushing the snooze button is part of my normal morning routine.
I set my alarm thirty minutes early just so I can push this button three times before getting out of bed.
I love knowing I can lay my head back down for ten minutes......
But the problem with the snooze button is that when I'm really tired the "ten more minutes" can happen way more than three times.
And the next thing I know,
Even though I've been halfway hearing my alarm for an hour and a half.
In life, we have all kinds of alarms.
Our health can warn us of things that need to change.
Our struggling relationships can do the same.
If we keep thinking, "ten more minutes" or "next week,"
time can slip away and before we know it,
we will be in panic mode.
Spiritually, we are warned that there will come a time when it's too late too.
Not because God isn't full of love,
but because God has given us more than enough opportunities to grasp how
how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is.
He is patient.
He longs to have a personal relationship with each of us.
He loves us all.
But He is also God.
And we are not.
So putting our schedule before a relationship with Him will only last so long.
I may push my snooze alarm too many times some mornings and find myself "down to the wire" on my morning routine,
but I hope none of us will find ourselves down to the wire spiritually.
Turn to God now.
He created you to have a relationship with Him.
Ask Him to walk with you today in your good times, your bad times, your stressful times, your fun times.
He will never force His way into your life.
But He is waiting patiently for you to ask Him to join you.
Don't wait a day longer.
Don't push the snooze button on a life shared with God.
There's nothing more wonderful than waking up and realizing you don't face today alone.
So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life-and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
I'm speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
Romans 12:1-3 (The Message)