How to Get "Time" on Our Side
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth … And that includes time. Think of all the devices we humans have developed to manage time—from time zones to calendars; from kitchen timers to the clocks in our phones (or on our wrists, for those of us who still wear watches). “Time is on my side,” sang the Rolling Stones.
Yet, with these gadgets and devices, we still don’t seem to have enough time for all that we want to do within our daily 24-hour allotment. As Christians, we struggle to find time for daily prayer and devotions. Just getting to church for weekly worship with other Christians can be a feat. How in the world are we going to find time for group Bible study?
January is the traditional month for making resolutions, most of which relate to our determination to make this the year to shed those extra pounds and get healthy! That’s great.
What about spiritual fitness? The same principles that help us to get more exercise and to develop healthy eating habits apply to spiritual growth. Two principles are key. First, set a goal, and second, find others with similar goals to provide mutual encouragement, accountability, and celebration.
Adults lead busy lives! As pastors, Christian educators, and lay leaders, we can help church members and visitors to make and keep resolutions for spiritual fitness. Time can be on our side; not just for the Rolling Stones.