Has summer, really, actually arrived? The calendar says so, but the weather remains to be seen. Our lives and use of time can be like that too. We love the Lord and appreciate all God has done for us, the many, many blessings of family and friends, our home, the lake and so much else. But, do we ever spend the time talking to God about all we appreciate and on the flip side, being quiet and still long enough to hear what God might be saying to us?
We are bombarded by busyness in our lives—work, family and then before you know it, it starts up again the next week and we seem to be in a cycle that continually repeats in our lives until we feel like we’ve been run over by a huge truck. Did anyone get that license
number? Then, by the time we get to Sunday, whose got the umph to get out of bed early enough? The busyness is something we feel bombarded by.
Is there something we can do about it? Is it just the way life is today? The whole thing about living in the reign of God, being Christ-followers is that we are called to a radical, counter-cultural lifestyle. For some families, it means an emphasis on sabbath with its
quiet and restful aspects; spending time together as a family and time in worship.
To stem the tide of the bombardment of busyness, we must be willing to make a conscious choice. That’s hard for me because I’m an extrovert and there isn’t much in this life that I enjoy more than spending time with people. While in seminary, I couldn’t do that all the time—there were exams to prepare for, lots of reading to do, papers to write. When at work, I have to know when to stop visiting (especially in the evening) to be able to function the next day.
We cannot do everything. We must pick and choose. Of the many choices we make, one needs to be self-care: getting enough rest, nutritious food, exercise and so on. But we mustn’t simply feed our bodies, we must feed our souls as well.
The pace of the summer is perhaps a bit more relaxed for families with school-age children. You are probably already looking forward to vacation plans. Maybe you have a list of books you want to read. Take advantage of this time to turn you ear to God and listen, look to God and see and finally do what you hear and see God showing you. That direction may come through a variety of ways, but one is certainly worship with the rest of God’s family. You are missing out and we too are missing out when you’re not with us.
We don’t have it in ourselves to make these kinds of changes in our lives. That’s ok because it is God that works in us; “for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).