All Blogged Out

No, this is not a blog about my desire to wrap things up here at TheShepherdsPen. Nor is it intended to be a rant about the follies of social media, though that itself is a long overdue article; anyone with computer access could justify its dissolution in some measure. This is simply a caution about values and time – using a most precious resource to our spiritual benefit.

In antiquity it’s my understanding that the oral tradition served mankind well for centuries in the transmission of information. Pictures in the dirt and sand paved the way to greater clarity. Along the way, I gather that sticks and maybe even stones were used to facilitate the narrative of instruction. Over time, various figures were carved into rocks and drawn upon hillsides in order to further the great cache of information to future generations. Eventually, mankind employed drawings upon elements which became the precursors of the paper world. Mediums were fabricated; “paper” out of papyrus, and vellum, or “leather paper.” Though new mediums of storage had been created, I would imagine that only the most valuable information would have been committed to these precious pages of real estate.

The manufacture of paper and ink was the natural outflow in order to transmit this data, it’s perceived valuable data to future generations. Though available and abundant, it was the elite of mankind who could read and write and so, were solely privy to the depths of information which had been gleaned over the years. 

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Time Well Spent

Most of us would readily agree that is to our advantage to spend time in God’s Word; to read the Bible. Yet, if the truth be told, very few of us spend a serious amount of time doing so. We proclaim that God gave us His Word to understand Him, to understand His plan for salvation, to comfort us, and to know how we may better be in alignment with His will. So, what’s the deal? Why are we so deficient in spending regular, quality time in the very special gift of the Word?

In spite of the fact that the Bible is so readily available, in so many formats, most of us would plead that we are too busy to get around to reading it, even if it’s only for 5 minutes a day. Now, you have to agree that there is something wrong with that picture, but I imagine quite a few people use that cop-out. I know, I have. Well, as a result, we are increasingly becoming Biblically illiterate. Take for example the “humorous” dialog. “What are the Epistles?” “Oh, those are the wives of the apostles, aren’t they?” “No, they are not”…. “Well, then whose wives are they?” Hopefully, you get my point.

If you are like me, you understand that there are serious demands placed upon our time. We have many distractions, and that means choices must be made. Sadly, enough time with God gets left for later… and that later often never comes, does it? The resulting effect is skinny, emaciated sheep. We are not the fit, healthy, buff sheep the Lord desires us to be, too many “in between snacks” and not enough healthy food. We end up being “Barney Fife” sheep with one bullet (one verse memorized), rather than Captain America Sheep who are equipped to conquer evil, armed with the Sword of the Spirit.

Killing time. Spending time. Wasting time. Losing time. Investing time. Of all the things we choose to occupy our time, none could be said to be more significant than to invest in our relationship with our Creator; but how do we do that? And, do we do that? Seems like we come up with all sorts of things that “need to be done” in the course of our lives, “urgent” things which squeeze God out of our daily lives. Our time with God is sacrificed on the “Tyranny of the Urgent” altar. You know it is time to change.

Scripture assures that an investment in the Word is a good way to make the most of your time. Psalm 1:2-3 gives us the promise:
 “But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night,
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season,
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.”

Of all the things we have compressing upon our calendars, clocks, and schedules, finding a secluded place, reading, and meditating may seem a little outdated, but the Psalmist makes it clear the return-on-investment is oh-so-great!

In more ways than one, the time we have now is a present.

Well, there ya go! If life feels a bit wobbly, there is a suggestion. Get rooted.

Isn’t it about time?!

Making It Count

(This was my very first article for the Inyo Register – 2008).

Since relocating to Bishop from Southern California a couple of months ago, I have noticed that the greatest commodity lacking here doesn’t seem to be water, but time. It appears everybody’s calendar is full. Work, errands, internet, sports, T.V., community events, things to do around the house. At the end of the day we collapse in a heap knowing that we still didn’t “get everything done” that we needed to, resolving to get up even earlier the next day.

In honesty though, this is how life is in the 21st century. My friend lives on a remote South Pacific island where you think it would be laid back, but even he has one of the craziest schedules of anybody I know. You would think the introduction of automobiles, cell phones and computers to our lives would have allowed us to get all the important things of our lives taken care of, yet we all fall victim to the “time bandits.” Continue reading “Making It Count”