Eli and SarahBY: Eli Thomas

EMAIL: elit331@msn.com

Bible Text: Galatians 6:9-10: ”So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.  At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.  Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone-especially to those in the family of faith.”

Personal Reflection:    One of the hardest struggles in my life, and I’m sure in the lives of  others, is the near-constant battle for time.  “Time is money,” we’ve often heard, and there are more than a few times I would happily pay for more time, but as I grow the way I use my time is changing quite a bit.  I find myself at the age of twenty-six and bored with the video games and television shows that once felt like the whole purpose of free time.  Instead I stay wrapped up in the next project, the next event with church or my small group, where  my girlfriend and I will go Saturday night, and thinking I really should get home and write a Day in the Life. Because of this it feels as though I always have somewhere to be and something that needs done (quick pause because I just remembered laundry needs to be put in the dryer).

Where does that leave me in my walk with God?  I often ask  in prayer that I would be able to find opportunities to serve and grow deeper in my faith by doing what God has for me to do and I began to realize something.  It’s not about what crazy adventure I plan for Pneuma (our young adults group). All that matters is that the people there are getting the best from me and that I am truly showing the love of Christ.  So often in scripture there are examples of Jesus stopping what he was doing and holding up a procession of people because someone in the crowd was desperate for him.

It’s all too easy to forget that I am supposed to be a representative of Christ, to carry the love we have been given to others.  Since this realization I have started praying that I be more open and responsive to helping people who need to see that love, and it has showed me that my schedule is not that important when it comes to the work of the Lord.  I encourage you to take the chance and open yourself to that phone call of someone needing prayer or a ride home and put off that you need to start cooking dinner. Erase the thought of “I don’t have time for this,” and accept that time IS FOR THIS.  My simple thought is that people exist because people need help and relationship. Even if I end up buying car parts and driving to the other side of the county at dinner time with my strongly-desired Chinese take-out getting ever colder in the passenger seat because a friend has broken down just west of nowhere, then so be it.  As  I’ve changed my focus I’ve seen things begin to get better and easier in my life  –  not because I’m getting praise for helping people, but because I’m aligning myself with the Word, and honestly it feels great. I want us all to share in the happiness that Kingdom work brings.

Prayer  Lord, I come to you because I know who you are and believe you love me.  I ask that you make me more aware of your movements in my life and that your Spirit have freedom to move in me without my insecurities.  Please Lord remind me in my stress and hurry that you have called me to love and give me peace and ability to serve you with a happy heart.  Thank you for the love and grace you’ve shown me and don’t let me miss the chance to share it with others. Amen 

About the Author:

I’m a hard-working and usually busy 26 year old trying to find my place in life. I lead Pneuma (the young adults group at life) and dabble in just about every profession I get a chance to.  I have seen the love of God shine through so many people in our church and that has truly helped to bring my life closer to where it should be. I’ve been through quite a bit of hardship but have grown closer to God with each ordeal.

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