I guess we could just accept it as the new norm, but that just seems to be giving in to a cruddy way to live. Perhaps we have been approaching the situation all wrong. We almost exclusively seek the solution from a management perspective. But what if the issue isn’t a scarcity of time but an issue of passion. When we lack clarity about what matters most to us, about what our passions are, then everything seems to be important and the white space on our calendar gets squeezed. Yet when our passions dominate our commitments then the fluff gets forced from our calendars. In some ways, our passions act like river banks for our time, serving to keep our time commitments from flooding out to everything. So instead of sharpening up our time management skills perhaps we should be asking ourselves what our passions are and whether they are they driving our time commitments.
In the Bible, God asks us repeatedly to keep the right passions front and center. A few samples: “you are to have no other gods before me”, “love the Lord your God with all your heart, your mind, your soul and strength”, “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”, “don’t grow weary in doing good”, “keep fervent in your love for one another” and so forth. You get the idea. Clearly, Jesus was able to manage all the demands placed on Him because He stayed passionate about His mission to “seek and to save that which is lost”.
Easter is a great time to do a passion reset. God’s offer, for us to live with “resurrection power,” begs us to be living for the things that matter most. Here are some ways to encourage that happening:
– Establish a daily time to connect with God, perhaps using our 2017 Easter devotional focus: Journey to the Cross. There are also ample of number of resources available on line and on apps like Bible Gateway
or The Bible.com
– Prioritize inviting a friend or two to attend church with you. Holy Week certainly confirms that reaching new people is always on God’s heart.
– Participate in some of the special worship opportunities such as our Good Friday service
, April 14, 6:30 pm.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.