Friday, April 27, 2012

Shinning Star

Have you looked into the sky at night lately? I mean - have you allowed yourself the time to star gaze? Most of us are so busy with our lives that we go through our days and nights like mechanical men and women. Yes - we notice that it is daytime or nighttime - but do we pause long enough to see if there are clouds in the sky or stars at night? Sad, but all too many of us do not. When our lives get so busy that we do not have the time to gaze into the sky we need to ask ourselves what are we doing - why are we doing it - and who are we doing it for. All too many times that which keeps us so busy is not our personal lives - but our jobs. Isn't that sad? Is this what you thought your life was suppose to be when you became an adult? You do have the ability to take control of your life - it means you have to learn to say no - enough! You need to slow the pace - to gaze into the night sky and be amazed and inspired by the stars in the sky.
When God called us to be His special people - He did not call us to be over involved or over worked. Too many people are guilty of becoming so involved with "church" projects that they lose control of their lives - they ignore family and other obligations to the point that - although they think they are doing good helping the church - they are actually damaging their families - their lives and personal relationships. Seems selfish to say that maybe you are spending too much time at church and not enough at home - but God does not want you serving Him to the point that you upset the normal flow of family life. Just as we allow our jobs to control our lives - we may be guilty of letting our involvement with our church to do the same. Romans 12:22 tells us "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect'.  God wants us to have balance in our lives - to love Him and serve Him - and to take care of all that has been entrusted to us. If we do both well - we will have the balance that God asks from us - we will have time to look at the stars - in the sky - in our families - in our church.

Deacon Dale