Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Where Have You Been?

Sometimes when we talk we don't think anyone is listening. A pastor friend of mine was talking yesterday about preaching a sermon and not feeling as if it was getting past the pulpit. Talking with a friend of mine today reminded me that I have not posted anything in the last few weeks. Was it because I felt as if no one was listening? No, I think it was because I have been a little busy and out of focus. I must say that it is easy to get sidetracked and let things slip away. Do you ever let things you value as important move to the back burner of life?

I do feel that this platform is important in helping others connect better to our Heavenly Father. However, sometimes I let it slide to the lower position of priorities. That is a lot like our Christian faith. Sometimes we let life get in the way. Before you know it, you have sacrificed your daily worship for the "busy" of the day. I wonder how our Heavenly Father feels when we neglect our time with Him. I am reminded of a verse in Acts which says:

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25

Paul and Silas were not in the best of circumstances. As a matter of fact, they were in the center of the jail-house, chained and locked away. If I would have been there, I would have been singing the blues. Paul and Silas, however, were singing hymns. They were in direct communication and communion with the Father. They did not see their circumstances as being such to distract them from their worship. Their love for God was the sole reason they were put away, and they knew that He would take care of them. Do you think the Father heard their prayers and songs of praise? Absolutely!

When life is unfair or becomes too busy, what do you do? Do you cling to the Father or cry in the shower? We can learn a lot from Paul and Silas. Their feet were in the stocks but they still went before the heavenly throne. They were locked in the center of prison but they sang from the pinnacle of their hearts. Their focus was always on the Father, no matter what the circumstances. The result of their actions was a very attentive prison population and a saved family. As a matter of fact, you may never know who is listening or watching. We must always be about the Father's business. It may change a life.

In Christ,
Doug Johnson
www.dougjohnson.net

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