How quickly time passes. The day comes and goes. Another begins. The next one ends. And before you know, you're being asked... did this get done? Did you make that phone call? Where are you on this project? Or my favorite... "Where are you @?" (as it appears on my phone, when the text notification sounds off)
Meanwhile, people are experiencing incredible moments as "everyday" life progresses.
A friend from church had a family member pass, whose funeral was this week. The funeral for my friend, Stephanie, who we prayed for twice on this site, was this past Wednesday. Then two more funerals, held for members of our church; one of which was yesterday, the other, later this morning.
And in the midst of it, mid-Friday afternoon, I realized regarding this prayer post... "I haven't given it much thought". This is how life goes. Absent major events and reminders along the way, we miss how precious and fragile life can be and just how short our time on earth is given how quickly it moves. Like how quickly the sun rises. Just a matter of minutes and the drama of atmospheric screen changes so quickly. Once all the cool color fades, it seems so less impressive for me.
And if you don't think time passes fast, an old friend called last night. He said, exactly what I often say... "I keep meaning to call you and finally thought, I just need to do it." It took a minute to figure out when we had seen each other last... came to the conclusion, it was their daughter's birthday party... from 3 years ago!! Which got me thinking... the list of people we keep saying we need to get together with and hang out more often and old friends that we don't get to see that often anymore is getting longer; with each passing week. The conspiring of schedules, between family and work, church and other activities or commitments and the next thing you know, somebody's kid turned 14 and another just graduated high school. How did this happen?
We all got caught up in our life. And quickly, yet, not conscientiously, put everyone else' life on the back burner as we focused on what we had going on, where were going (for the day or for life) and what we were trying to accomplish. And in the process, we've missed out. On great triumphs. On great tragedy. And it's always the tragedy that triggers the reminder that people are more important than the job, the cars and the stuff money can buy and how we wish we had more of both. Not to mention, better cars and better jobs.
Pray, on this #communitySaturday, that the church would indeed, as remain we focused on the person of Jesus Christ, remember that Jesus cared and cares most about people. Where they are at. What they have need of. It's not their position in life. It's not their stuff. It's not their job title nor their Facebook status. May we be concerned with matters of the heart, whether they be experiencing times of rejoicing triumph or mourning tragic loss. May we not be so distracted by the concerns and affairs of our own lives and families that we, unknowingly, disconnect form those around us. In all things, may the church of Jesus Christ be about pointing others to Christ, whether as an introduction to Him or encouraging a greater depth of relationship with Him. Pray God would accomplish the miraculous in all circumstances as we seek to be used by Him, for His glory.
His ways, not ours.
His thoughts, not ours.
His plans, not ours.
It's not about me... and we're probably all the better for it.
By the grace of God
For the cause of Jesus Christ.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.