Welcome to America, the land of the enslaved and home of the busy. Not necessarily the phrase that we have as our motto, but probably just as true. Fact is, you might be too busy that you see this and have skimmed past everything already. That's the truth of what I do a majority of the time, skim through stuff because I'm ready to get to the next thing.
We are a busy people, and honestly, it's our own doing. We have work, activities, school, extra-curriculars, clubs, projects, trips, families, meetings, meals, the list could literally go on and on. And a lot of times, that's what we try to fit in a 24 hours period, not just a week.
America it seems, has this notion that "if you aren't doing something, you're lazy". We honestly start to take pride in how busy we are. It becomes a trophy. When was the last time you told someone "I've just taken a couple days to regroup, gather myself"? I honestly can't remember. Instead, it's usually "man, I'm just busy doing the next thing". Having blank spots in the calendar brings on nervous ticks almost, as if I'm not measuring up.
Can I be real honest right now? If you said no, stop reading, because I'm going to be. I believe that the busyness that we have is actually a sin. I believe that we say yes to too many things, and we miss out on one of the most important things in life, rest.
Look at the life of Jesus. Yes, there were times of being busy. The man was famous, having crowds of 5,000 men alone come to Him. Constantly healing, constantly preaching, constantly caring for people. Exhausting stuff. You think your schedule is crazy, dealing with your own issues is one thing, Jesus dealt with everyone else's issues. That's truly exhausting.
How is it that we are able to continually do the work of Christ? The Holy Spirit compares the Christian walk to a marathon more than any other analogy about the pace. The thing with marathons, they're long. They're exhausting. They take a toll. There are three important things necessary for completing a marathon: 1. Proper nutrition 2. Proper training 3. Proper rest.
For the Christian marathon, our nutrition is feeding ourselves the things of God, found in His Word. Our training comes from that Word, as well as continually pushing ourselves a bit further in our faith. And our rest comes in taking the time to be refilled on God. Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God". When was the last time you actually sat still and dwelled on God? Not just for a couple of seconds, but truly sat still before God and focused on Him?
I want to finish up with a challenge: stop what you're doing, and spend 5 minutes in complete silence dwelling on God. Direct your thoughts. Already I can hear your thoughts, "I don't have time to do that." We all have the time, other things can wait, are we just willing to see the importance of it?
Take out your phone, set it to Do Not Disturb, start a timer for five minutes, and focus on the presence of God.
"Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10
We hope you are still training for Talent Night! It's next Sunday, September 26 at 6:30pm, followed by homemade ice-cream!
We are having our Men's Retreat the first weekend in October (Friday 1st - Saturday 2nd). It will be located at the church. You are welcome to come for the evening and camp, or come and go home and return in the morning.
We are looking for volunteers for the Harvest Party on October 31st. Ross & Charla King have come up with a great idea as well as having a trunk-r-treat. If you're able to help, please let Ross or Charla know.
Revival is coming in November! Dave Bycroft is going to be presenting the message. Dave was the lead pastor at Tyro Christian Church for forty years, and is now preaching at a Christian church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.