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Busyness and Being Still

As I slowly get more involved with church life, I feel simultaneously exhilarated and (emotionally) exhausted. From attending church only once every 4 – 6 weeks 18 months ago—and only at the behest of my wife—to looking forward now to being with my church family every Sunday plus:

  • LifeGroups,
  • choir (on an ad hoc basis),
  • setting up our church’s information portal,
  • weekly meetings with our lead teaching pastor,
  • semi-regular meetings with our pastor of care,
  • Alpha,
  • and sitting in / helping out with the youth Sunday school class (and hoping to mentor our youth (“next gen”) pastor)

Of course, I need not mention my duties as a full-time employee, father, and husband. I am also a member (and executive officer) of 2 Toastmasters clubs and a board member of a ministry. On top of all that, renewed biblical and theological studies in earnest. This would explain why my blogging output has diminished considerably of late!

Clearly, such a pace is not sustainable or advisable. Obviously, I need to align my church activities more along my spiritual gifts; but, in practice, that is not always easy. On the one hand, I have to wait upon the Lord for opportunities to serve with my gifts; on the other hand, I feel burdened to help out wherever and whenever I can—woe is me!

The discerning reader will rightly wonder where there is space in my life for solitude and prayer. Such is my dilemma … Martha or Mary?

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Strong Words

A.W. Tozer’s books were what I read next to the Bible after I got saved. His words still haunt me.

“Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth.”

“One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team.”

“If we understand that everything happening to us is to make us more Christlike, it will solve a great deal of anxiety in our lives.”

“God is looking for those with whom He can do the impossible– what a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves.”

“Too often, we give God only the tired remnants of our time. If Jesus Christ had given us only the remnant of His time, we would all be on our way to that darkness that knows no morning. Christ gave us not the tattered leftovers of His time; He gave us all the time He had. But some of us give Him only the leftovers of our money and of our talents and never give our time fully to the Lord Jesus Christ who gave us all.”

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Beauty, Goodness, Truth

A wonderful reminder from John Piper to balance my cerebral approach to God’s Word with a contemplative approach, and to appreciate the artistry and aesthetics; but above all, to respond in awe and adoration of the Author:

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