Not too long ago, Renee was watching a little girl at our house while the girl’s parents were out. As she followed me around I heard the familiar, “Whatcha doin’?” over and over. Whether I was working at my computer, putting on my shoes to go outside, sitting down to read, or helping in the kitchen, she followed me and asked what I was doing.
After answering her a few dozen times with, “Paying bills,” “Going to the store,” “Reading my email,” “Helping Renee,” I came to the conclusion that she was asking a key question.
Answering to a curious little girl about everything we do is one thing, but answering to God about our actions is infinitely more important. Wouldn’t it be helpful to think of God coming alongside us at any time to ask, “What are you doing?” Imagine how often our answers would seem meaningless or empty.
“I’m spending the entire evening watching TV.” “I’m eating more food than I should.” “I’m going another day without talking to You.” “I’m arguing with my spouse.” The list could go on—to our embarrassment.
We are told to use our time carefully – I like the way Paul said it, “Be very careful, then, how you live. Not as the unwise, but as the wise – making the most of every opportunity.” (Eph. 5:15 NIV).
So, it’s a good question. God wants to know: “Whatcha doin’?”