How do you keep air in your spiritual tyres? I quite often ask people that, especially people in ministry leadership. How do you keep your spiritual batteries charged so that your light shines brightly?
As we enter a new month, let me ask you this same question: What do you do to stay close to the truth that you are a forgiven, heaven bound son or daughter of the Living God? If you answer: “I attend church on Sunday (or most Sundays),” I’m thinking you’re not as pumped up or shining as brightly as you could be. I know that from personal experiences. I know that because the time-starved pressured lives most of us live, causes us to move through life far too fast!
Here’s a question for you Dads: Do you attend your kids’ sports events and school plays?
Mums: Are the challenges of motherhood, work and home-duties keeping you from loving your husband and kids like you really want to?
Now that I’m a grandparent with no kids living at home, I’m finding that I still clog my life up with so many things (most of them are good things), but nevertheless, I still struggle with keeping my spiritual tyres pumped up! Here’s a question for us grandparents: Do you make time for your grandchildren? Do they see you at church worshipping God every Sunday, and do they see you in His Word at home? Do you talk about God’s involvement in your life?
As we enter a new month, let me encourage us all to re-calibrate our priorities to reflect what we want the legacy of our life to be for our children and grandchildren. I’m pretty sure if we do that, we’ll also be doing what Jesus calls us to do and be. He says:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
As I look at all the ministries planned for the new month, I wonder if we contribute to people’s busyness? My conclusion is ‘no – we don’t.’ We are offering ministries that help you and I manage and grow in life. For some, growth involves restorative programs (CAP Budgeting, Divorce Recovery). For others, teaching programs (ALPHA, Love & Respect, Church History, Know Your Bible, Care Share). Life Groups. Men & Mates. Children’s and Youth ministries.
I also realise that our ministries provide you and I with opportunities to serve and make a difference in people’s lives. Recently I was invited to speak to the single mums who attend Simply Singles… I was so touched by the love of those who make SS happen! I saw Jesus in those serving and facilitating. I was reminded how powerful serving others is – it pumps our spiritual tyres up!
My conclusion which I ask myself: Is the pace of my life right? Am I serving people with my gifts and talents? Both are necessary to keep my spiritual batteries charged.
I pray that June 2013 will be a great, great month for you and your family. Serve one another humbly in love. (Gal.5:13)