Monday, June 04, 2007

Summer is Coming...

It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is almost here. (Hard, but not impossible – Tara keeps me updated daily.) Every season passes into the next, and it seems we never really understand were all of the time goes. As we move into the summer months, demands on our time will change, but they may not decrease. Children are not in school activities, but other options flood their calendars. Our teenagers have a difficult challenge – how to make use of the time of summer in a valuable way.

The manner in which we use, value, and even waste time is a spiritual concern. I believe God expects the best of our time to be given – for we have no more valuable asset. Benjamin Franklin said, “Lost time is never found again.” If we want to give to God our time and energy this summer, we get one chance. The time will quickly vanish away.

In church life, there can be a tendency to pull away from activities, fellowships, Bible study, and even worship during the Summer months. I want to challenge our church to work hard to keep this from happening this year. Oswald Chambers, author of the devotional classic My Utmost For His Highest, wrote “There is no other time than now with God, no past and no future.” God wants relationship and expects worship now, not when we have time. When we get to the Fall season, and begin looking toward Advent and Christmas, God will be there. However, we certainly do not want to miss the blessings of worshipping our God during these coming Summer months.


C.S. Lewis, who wrote his fair share of rhetorical questions, penned one of my favorites: “Where, except in the present, can the eternal be met?” Let’s seek God’s presence together this summer.

Grace and peace,

James

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