A show about nothing

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “How to inhabit time”
Our Bible verse for today: “Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people.” Colossians 3:23 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “A show about nothing”
Paul’s word of encouragement found in Colossians 3:23 is a good one, and it is encouraging. It’s often applied to the work environment (we should give our best, and we should do so as a means of honoring and pleasing the Lord). But we should also bring that attitude to all the rest of life as well. We should be striving to excel in all areas of life and we should live that way as a means of honoring God.
Recently I’ve been reading, “Overcoming Apathy: Gospel Hope for Those Who Struggle to Care” by Uche Anizor. I’m reading it because apathy is a widespread problem in our nation, and also in our churches – and that apathetic approach to church life is killing the Church in the USA. The problem is simply that people are overwhelmed with life, overstimulated by all the noise and distractions, and overcommitted in many ways. Consequently, we become numb and we withdraw.
In one chapter, Anizor compares the lives of many Americans to the old television show Seinfeld. There was no plot to Seinfeld, and the characters had no real purpose in their lives. Much of the show took place in a bar and it largely consisted of the characters drinking, talking, and trading snarky barbs and cynical observations. It was, essentially, a show about nothing. Sadly, that illustration describes the lives of many Americans, and even some American Christians.
But none of us wants our lives to be “a show about nothing”. Our lives should have meaning and purpose. We want to do more than just survive – we want to thrive. And that’s why it’s so important that we learn how to properly inhabit the time God has given to us, and to do so according to Biblical principles.
Personally, I’ve learned much by researching and writing this series about how to better inhabit time, and evidently you as readers have found it helpful as well because you have provided me with a lot of positive feedback. (Thank you. Feedback is always appreciated and helpful).
There’s much more we can learn from the Bible about this topic, and it is a vitally important subject, so I’ve decided to continue the theme into February. What a shame it would be if any of our lives ended up having been “a show about nothing”. Let’s make sure it isn’t.
God bless,
Pastor Jim  
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