“Busy” describes the lives of most. “Hectic” or “pressured” probably does a better job of describing the lives of many. We over-commit, over-book, and over-obligate. We put demands on ourselves and demands on our children that very often do more harm than good. I say “we” because I have been just as guilty, if not more, than you. I look to my peer group, to those who have children at home, and I see us overextending ourselves in too many areas of life. Spending exorbitant amounts of time and energy in arenas that grant us little in return. Placing emphasis in areas of life that in the grand scheme of things possess little significance. Running full speed in a rapidly spinning hamster wheel and getting absolutely nowhere.
What is needed is a reprioritization of what’s important. To sift through the things that comprise our lives and determine what’s important and what’s not. To determine what we’re investing our lives into that’s really worthwhile and what it is that needs to be scaled back. Or completely cut out.
We spend so much effort seeking to provide for a lifestyle that we’ve created, so much so that we spend little time investing in the family we’ve created the lifestyle for. How does that make sense?
I have to believe that Jesus’ life was one of complexity and simplicity. It was balanced. In every way it was balanced. Does “balanced” describe your life too? If not, perhaps some reprioritization is in order.
Jesus spent intentional time with God. He set aside God designated time. Mark 1:35, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” When is the last time that you did that? Is it a part of your normal rhythm of life? When is the last time you removed yourself from the static of the world and just spent some time in communion with God? Seeking counsel from God. Refocusing upon those things in life which truly matter.
Spending time in prayer and in communion and in silence before God, and committing ourselves to a rhythm of life that intentionally facilitates balance and simplicity in a life filled with complexity, is such a Christ-like way to live.
Glory to God!
What a fantastic day we had together on Friendship Day! I am so very grateful for every one of you who invested in our time together as a church family. You invited friends and family, acquaintances and loved ones, those that you know very well and even those that you don’t (but who came to participate in our day together anyway).
God is at work in our fellowship. He is active in our faith. He is present in our worship. And He is revealed in all of the facets of church life that we experience together – every day! – and He was revealed in a wonderful way in the things that we were about last Sunday. I am humbled and thankful to be a part of such genuine fellowship and honest community.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes that “the church only exists when she exists in community.”
As Christ’s church we are created to exist in community with one another.
Our communion with God is predicated in His divine nature.
To accept the Trinitarian nature of God is founded upon the basis of faith. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit exist in community. They are three and yet one. As well, we are created in the image of God. We are spiritual. We are created with a spirit within. We have a spiritual nature. We are spiritual beings. And a central facet to our being created in the image of God is that we are created to exist in community.
We are wired in such a way, by God, that we possess an innate need for communion. Not Communion with a big “C,” but communion (although the communal aspect of Communion is too often lost in our theology and practice). We are communal beings. Just as God the Father, Son, and Spirit exist in holy community (communion), so too we are intrinsically designed, spiritually, that we are only whole and complete when we go about living life founded within active communion. Communion with God. And communion with one another.
When we engage in this sort of life we come closer to living into the prayer that our Savior prayed the night before the cross: “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:20-21).
Glory to God!