These past few days my family and I have spent in New York City and I have been struggling to maintain my normal routine of spending time with the Lord. I had envisioned spending even more time with God on this trip. I thought I would pray more, worship more, and even catch up on my reading. In reality, sightseeing and other leisurely activities have filled most of my time this past week. I’m sure many of you can relate. Our everyday lives are so busy and we think that if we could just have a few days to get away from it all then we could spend so much more time with the Lord. Well I’m here to say that if it’s not part of your normal daily routine it’s definitely not going to be when you “get away”!
As I have traveled throughout the city the one site that spoke to me the most was a very old cemetery, spanning several city blocks. I read names and dates going back as far as 1867! Their tombstones tell stories of a different day and age and I wonder if their lives were too busy for the things of God?
We only have so much time in this life and we need to be more cautious about what we fill it with. In Psalm 90 Moses asked the Lord to teach us to number our days. I challenge you to reevaluate what fills the moments of your life. Are you caught up in all the excitement of what everyone else is doing and feeling overwhelmed? It may be time to say “No” to what everyone else is doing and “Yes” to what God has called you to do!
Sheryl Hinkle, Senior Associate Pastor
Together with Barry, Sheryl assists in building and developing the Life Groups at Christian Life. She also helps lead the Bright Women’s ministry with Barbara. (Read More)