Human beings are masters of self-deception. We say we’re too busy to fit more time with God into our days, and yet the simple math of TV + Facebook + texting + surfing the web = a number to which we don’t want to admit.
Here’s one way to make progress: Tithe your entertainment time. Carve out 10% of it to dedicate to God every day. Abandon one television show for the sake of your relationship with your maker. Set a timer when you go online, and dedicate the 20 minutes after it rings to scripture study. Set a rule for yourself that you’ll spend one minute in prayer for each text you send. Leave a Bible open next to your computer, so it nags at you.
There are dozens of little tricks we can use to limit our tendency to waste time. All of them have one thing in common: They start being effective when we decide to dedicate more time to strengthening our relationship with God.