|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Christian community”
Our Bible verse for today: “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.” Proverbs 17:17 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “We make time for what is important to us”
I was in a conversation with a friend the other day and she mentioned an encounter she attempted to have with a mutual acquaintance of ours and her comment was, “He was in his typical “hurry” mode, so it was hard to talk to him.”
That caused me to consider how often I’m in my typical hurry mode, and if people sometimes find it difficult to talk to me because of it. Also, I thought about how it is that our entire society seems to operate in the hurry mode, and we all seem to be far busier than we should be. We tend to cram too many things into our schedules and then we rush, rush, rush, from one thing to the next, from one person to the next. A few years ago, Pastor John Mark Comer published an excellent book on this subject with the title “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.” I’ve read it three times so far and probably need to go back and read it again.
However, despite that fact that we are all too busy, it is still true that we all have the same amount of time available to us – sixty minutes in every hour, twenty-four hours in every day, and we all make choices about what we will do with that time. And the truth is, we do make choices. And usually, those choices are based upon our priorities. We make the time for the people and things that are most important to us, and for all the rest we make excuses.
When it comes to Christian community, if a person truly is more important to you than that next thing you were rushing off to, then you will choose to stop and spend some time with that person. If a friend or family member asks you to do something with them and you say you can’t, what that means is you considered the other things you could do with that time instead and came to the conclusion that those other things are more important to you than the thing your friend or family member asked you to do with them. In fairness, the other thing may truly be more important and it may be something you simply cannot put off, but the point holds that a choice was made on your part and it was based upon your priorities.
The truth is we make the time for the things and the people who are most important to us. Despite what we say, it’s the choices we make and the actions we take that tell the real story. An important part of Christian community is that we make time for each other.
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