Daily Devotional for Monday October 1, 2012
Spending Time with Those We Love the Most
(Ephesians 5:28, 6:2, 6:4)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, my question involves Deacons. Should I take my name off of the Deacon election? I am now married to my third wife whom I know God had His hand in bringing us together. Some think in 1 Timothy 3:12 says the Deacon should be husband of one wife, literally means one wife, never divorced. Others say that you are not to be married to more than one wife at a time.
ANSWER: Very few churches follow what the Bible teaches in this area. It is crystal clear that for the office of pastor, deacon, and elder, it is to a MAN, not a woman, and a man who has never been divorced. Those who say it means you are not to be married to more than one wife are trying to compromise what the Bible teaches since God's plan never was for being married to more than one woman. Understand this does not mean a woman can't hold any other office of service and be an incredible blessing to millions, nor does it mean a divorced man can't hold any other office of service and be an incredible blessing to millions. Most important, divorce is like any other sin, we go to God for forgiveness, and if we are blessed to remarry, the goal is to do it God's way..for life.
One of the greatest tragedies in this life is the time that we DON'T spend with those we love the most, those that God has given us to share this journey with.
I WANT TO CHALLENGE YOU TODAY. MAKE THE TIME, MAKE THE EFFORT TO TAKE ONE DAY, AND SPEND IT WITH THOSE THAT YOU LOVE!!! The fact is, you HAVE the time. As the Nike commercial says, JUST DO IT!
It may be a day alone with your wife or husband. It may be a day with your children. It may be time with your father and/or mother. It may be a day with a grandparent, or an aunt, or an uncle. It may be a day with a close friend. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT GOD GIVES US PEOPLE TO INTIMATELY SHARE THIS BRIEF JOURNEY OF LIFE WITH. SADLY, THESE ARE OFTEN THE PEOPLE THAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED THE MOST!!!
One thing I can guarantee you. EVERY person one day will die. Only God knows when that day is. When a person dies, they are not coming back, so we must NEVER neglect this brief time that we have together. IT IS A GIFT FROM GOD!!!
Listen, I understand the day to day reality of life. Work, deadlines, responsibilities, commitments. I UNDERSTAND ALL OF THAT. But let me ask you a question. If you get sick today, maybe serious enough that you have to go to the hospital for a day or two, what will happen? When you get out, get better, you catch up and keep moving forward at work, at school, in the various responsibilities and commitments that you have in your life.
Last year, I remember one VERY busy day. It was tightly scheduled as most every day is for me. But as I was driving back from a meeting, someone driving carelessly rear-ended my car. Thankfully, nobody was injured, but the entire process took close to 3 hours before I could get back to my office and resume my day. THE POINT IS, WE HAVE THE TIME IF WE WANT TO MAKE THE TIME!!!
Here is what I am advising you to do. TAKE ONE FULL DAY. FORGET WORK, FORGET SCHOOL, FORGET WHATEVER YOU WOULD NORMALLY DO THAT DAY AND SPEND IT WITH SOMEONE THAT YOU CARE DEEPLY ABOUT. Go take a drive somewhere, do something you both want to do, goof off, LEAVE THE CELL PHONE HOME!!!
Take one day and simply spend it with someone that you love. It won't destroy your career, it won't destroy your schooling, it won't make you irresponsible.
This life is very short. We only have a limited number of days to live. God gives us a few people that we love and are close to, to share this journey with. It is critical that we pick our spots and spend time with them. Trust me, one day they will be gone and you will wish they were here!!! So enjoy those people that God gives us to walk through this life with while we can!!!
I love you and care about you so much. I have preached too many funerals, I have been in too many hospital rooms over the last 20 years when people were wishing that they had more time to spend with those they love. WE TAKE TIME FOR GRANTED. WE TAKE THE PEOPLE WE ARE CLOSEST TO IN THIS LIFE FOR GRANTED. This is a chance for YOU to be in control, for YOU to take some of the precious time God has given you, to enjoy those that He has given you to share this life with.
I will be praying for you today. I pray that these words do not fall on deaf ears, or go unheeded. Life always has emergencies that make us change our normal daily schedule. SPENDING ONE DAY WITH SOMEONE THAT YOU LOVE WHO WILL BE GONE ONE DAY IS AN EMERGENCY!!! Don't take them, or the time God gives you for granted. When they are gone, it will be too late. So do it NOW!!!
We can say "I love you" very easy. However it takes time and effort to SHOW someone that you love them. TAKE THE TIME, MAKE THE EFFORT TODAY....THERE MAY NOT BE A TOMORROW!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,