Julie and I recently took a short vacation to Cancun, Mexico to celebrate a milestone birthday for her (her 29th). We both vowed to turn off our electronic devices at the airport so that we could completely “unplug” from technology. It seemed so easy to do, but, I had a little angst when sliding the “off” button to both my home and work e-mail accounts. It was a simple reminder of how the electronic age has left many of us with little free time, but dependent on 24-hour access to e-mail, information, and texts.
But, this break provided an opportunity for me to reflect on faith and God’s love for us. First, do we spend enough time growing our faith through prayer, reading of the scriptures, and listening for God’s voice? The busyness of our daily lives often distracts us from leading Christ-centered lives. Paul’s message to Timothy seems very appropriate. “Keep yourself in training for a godly life. Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is valuable in every way, because it promises life both for the present and for the future…We struggle and work hard, because we have placed our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all and especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4: 7-10). May the Holy Spirit continue to guide each of us to grow in faith!
Our Heavenly Father is never distracted, but always focused on the well-being of His children. This is said so eloquently in the 43rd chapter of Isaiah; “Israel, the Lord who created you says, do not be afraid--I will save you, I have called you by name--you are mine. When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you... I will give up whole nations to save your life, because you are precious to me and because I love you and give you honor. Do not be afraid--I am with you” (Isaiah 43: 1-5). This passage is a comforting reminder that we should have no fear as God is with us always.
May the love of God and light of Christ shine brightly in each of us!
Jim Williams, head elder
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