Thursday July 31, 2014

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

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From What a Week! To Peace

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Have you ever said "What a Week!"? Usually we say this when the week kept us so busy that we barely had "time to breathe". It may be true that we say this for a week which had much joy, but I suspect that this is rarely done. So what are we saying when we "breathe a sigh of relief" that the week is over.?

There are different things that we may be saying, and some of them we may not realize. We are saying that the week was very busy. This is obvious. We are saying that we felt rushed much of the time. This may not be quite as obvious. One statement that is part of our "sigh of relief" is that we are glad that the time has come to an end. While it sounds like we would like more hours, is not what we are really saying is that we want time in our lives to be shorter? However, this also give us less time for the joys we celebrate? Wishing for less time takes away time from sharing with family, time we wish could be stretched out.

God invites us to "Be still and know that I am God." What is happening in the world is that the speeded up life style seems to pull us in so many directions at the same time, and we need e-mail, texting, cellular phones and other technology to handle our fast life style. Could the root of the problem be that we are led to place too high a value on ourselves? In a world that seeks true volunteers, we may feel that "If I do not do it, it won't get done". One time, a person asked if that would be a bad thing if something was not done. I have to admit, the question caused me to pause and wonder the validity of everything that "has to get done". What truly needs to "get done" is the growth of the spiritual in each person. Earlier, we heard God say, "Be still and know that I am God." This is the appropriate response to our "busyness."

Luther wrote that one day he had so much to do that he had to pray for two hours. Good advice for the use of our time is to begin with prayer. We need to ask God to guide us in everything, and seek to give Him the glory in all that we do. When we focus on His will, we will find that, even in our busy times, we have peace. This peace is really what shows that our life is filled with prayer and guidance from the Holy Spirit. When we feel dragged out, we are doing our own thing. When we follow Jesus, we are energized and also take the time we need to rest in Him. Let us allow Christ to give us His peace in our lives.


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