168 hours

Listening to a podcast from Southeast Christian church this morning on my way to work.  Only about 5 minutes into the sermon from this past Sunday and I’m convicted already.

Pastor Dave is talking about who we (SCC) are, and that we, as Christians, are called to worship by dedicating our time, talents, and treasures.  His first point really convicted me, and it was this;

There are 168 hours in a week.  How hard is it to commit 1-2 hours a week to corporate worship on either a Saturday night or a Sunday morning?  Even more, how hard is it to commit to not just to coming to corporate worship, but how hard is it to commit to serving another 1-2 hours on the weekend?  Or in the middle of the week?

Out of those 168 weekly hours we are granted, that’s a commitment of perhaps 4 hours.  There’s still 164 hours left in your week. 

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard (and I’m sure you’ve heard it too), “Well, we can’t be there because our child has sports/band/school,” or some similar explanation. 

Here’s where I get shamefully honest with you, dear readers.  I make up excuses myself as to why I’m not spending some daily time in private worship and study time with God.  I allow myself to be distracted with entertainment, work, chores (yes, kids, even as adults we still have chores to do).  I’m slow to wake up in the morning, and exhausted early in the evening.  I use that as an excuse to neglect reading my bible and daily devotionals.

I get it.  Life has demands.  Things come up.  And unfortunately, what we (you and I collectively, I’m NOT excluding myself) are telling our Heavenly Father is that He just isn’t that important to us.  If we love Him, and were looking at Him, would we really say that to his face and feel okay with it?  Do we say that to our Earthly parents (I certainly hope not)?

I’m not sure about you, but I think it’s about time I rededicate some of my calendar time to making sure I’m spending daily time with dear Dad.