Thoughts From Toby

With the month of May quickly approaching, we are entering a busy time of year for many. Students are buckling down, striving to finish strong. Teachers are longing for that glorious first day of Summer break. Several individuals and families are planning vacations. As we enter this busy season, let me encourage you to check out the “Upcoming Events” section of the bulletin for several opportunities to connect and serve. We have lots of exciting things happening that you won’t want to miss!

As busy-ness can easily creep in and overwhelm us, I’m reminded of a quote rumored to have been stated by the great Reformer, Martin Luther: “I have so much to do today that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” Now, three hours may seem a bit daunting, but I love the counter intuitive nature of the quote. How would our lives be different if we understood that we are too busy NOT to pray? As a general rule, that time spent connecting with God doesn’t happen unless we schedule it. Our daily calendars can easily be filled with many other things. So, if you don’t already, what would it look like if you scheduled daily time with God the way you schedule doctor’s appointments, lunch dates, conferences, meetings, etc.? In the busy-ness of life, may we all seek to center ourselves on God, trusting that everything else will work itself out as we seek him first.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life… Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life...? But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:25, 27, 33