Timely Intention

Are you as easily distracted as I am?  For being an adult of at least average intelligence, I am often disappointed in my ability to make conscious and thoughtful choices about how I spend my time and attention.  This week it is the US Open and the Democratic National Convention.  Last week, I watched the Republican Convention and the early rounds of the tennis tournament.  Both can be very worthy uses of anyone’s time. After a busy day, watching a baseball game or tennis match can be a great blood pressure reducer.  And American citizens should devote some real time to learning about the candidates we will be asked to vote on, as well as clarifying our values about the issues we face as a society and how our faith informs those values.  But I am afraid I overdo it.  Too often, I get carried away and watch a whole afternoon of football games, or the continuing news coverage of the current disaster.

A big part of God’s call to us to be good stewards is stewardship of time.  This implies making decisions about how we use the time we are given, not simply defaulting into activities. There are many competing demands on that scarce resource – family, work, household management chores, friendships, rest, etc., and it often seems there isn’t time to do everything we want to do.  How often do you reach the end of another week and realize that you still haven’t spoken with that friend, spent that evening with your spouse, completed that home improvement project, served at Open Door, or gone for a hike to enjoy nature?  Jesus wants us to experience abundant life (John 10:10), even as he calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves.  That means, at least in part, doing things that feed our spirits.  What feeds your spirit?  Time in the mountains?  Spending time with friends?  Reading or exercising or participating in an Extreme Community Makeover? Whatever it is, please be intentional about it this fall.  As for me, I am going to devote my Sunday evenings again this year not to Sunday Night Football, but to feeding my spirit by singing in the Colorado Choir.

Dear Lord, Please help me to stay aware of how I am spending my time.  Thank you for your promise of abundant life, and for the many opportunities you place in front of each of us to do things that feed our spirits. May we respond with gratitude and be refreshed to serve you better.  Amen.

Dave  Erickson-Pearson


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