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    January 2018

    February 21, 2018

    “Time and Money”

    It is about to be the new Year, 2018.  It hardly seems possible that we are already here.  Time moves swiftly, and the older one gets the faster it seems to move.  In this past year I have lost 14 people due in part to the inevitable march of time.  Time is pointedly grabbing my attention like never before.

     

    The Bible’s wisdom literature is filled with advice about time and money and Jesus spoke about it in terms of brevity, urgency and stewardship.

     

    Evidently Gen. Supt. David Busic has been thinking a lot about time as well.  He tweeted the following this week: “If we are not prayerful and intentional with our discretionary time, the urgent will overwhelm the important.”

     

    As you are considering a “to do” list for the New Year, also consider a “to don’t” list.  Because time is a valued commodity, time management guru Tom Peters suggests; what we decide NOT to do may be just as important as what we decide to do.

     

    Time is something equally distributed to everyone, we all get 24 hours a day. Outside of work and sleep, how we steward our time is up to us. What we do with that discretionary time reveals what we care most about.

     

    January is stewardship month and we will dive into the issue of time and its cousin money.  They are linked, and money actually was the single subject Jesus talked most about.   The time principles Gen. Supt. Busic talked about apply for money as well: “If we are not prayerful and intentional with our discretionary MONEY the urgent will overwhelm the important.”

     

    ...what we decide NOT to do with our MONEY may be just as important as what we decide to do WITH OUR MONEY.

     

     What we do with that discretionary MONEY reveals what we care most about.

     

    We will take time this January and part of February to look at these areas of daily living.  It will not be easy, but it is necessary as followers of Jesus to evaluate if we are living out the Generosity and Wisdom of Gods Kingdom in our everyday lives.

     

    Come let us evaluate together...

     

    Christ’s servant and yours,

    Pastor David