Stilling the schedule

Friends in Christ,

Aw! The schedule has a conflict! 

Aw! There are so many things going on!  Life doesn’t seem to slow down.

So, what do we do?  Do we just give up and resign ourselves to rushing here and there?  I believe it is Psalm 46:11 that says, “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”  This is from the New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible.  This verse reads in the Holman Christian Standard Bible as, “Stop your fighting – and know that I am God.”  For either reading, the idea is that we know God.

Maybe this month we can start being still.  No, I am not talking about stopping all activities that we are involved.  It is more like we make time in our schedules, no matter how harried they are, to be still and know God.  Of course if it means we stop fighting with our family or co-workers (inside or outside the church!), then that would be a blessing as well. 

Maybe this still is like the short prayer I taught the children: “Lord, have mercy” or “Christ, have mercy,” or “Jesus, have mercy.” (Either will be good!)

Maybe it is attending worship more.  A live devoted to worshipping God does help us.

Maybe it is turning off the television or shutting the computer down a little early each evening, or taking a few minutes before starting either up.  Either way, we would be placing ourselves before God a bit more.  That would help in a number of ways.

What would being still do for us?  Well, we know God a bit better.  We could get a different perspective on life, other than what the major political parties or the national news channels are feeding us.  We may even help our own health by slowing down and being still – after all, studies do show that prayer/worship do help our overall health! We might even have time to hear our families or our co-workers thoughts on something! For some reason, I think knowing God better helps us in all areas of our lives.

May this February be one in which you and I find time to be still before God!  He is after all exalted among the nations and in the earth.

In Christ’s Service,

John

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